About The Sphere

The Sphere is a project aiming to rewire how we fund performing arts. We’re aiming to create a way for everyone who is interested in a specific sort of performing art to invest and co-own the community or ecosystem they love and care for so much.

This means that the audience will co-own the artworks together with the artists, technicians, cultural professionals and all potential stakeholders. We’re creating a way for people who care for performing arts to invest in an entire community of artists and let that cosmo-local milieu decide how to spend the cash on art production through using new governance processes enabled by distributed ledger technologies (blockchain).

The Sphere aims to become a place of mutually transformative exchanges and development between artistic processes (art flows) and funding practices (economic flows), pragmatically experimenting with new modes of funding in the arts and beyond.

To begin with The Sphere is focusing on the contemporary circus scene with an existing transnational community full of experts on practices that demands skin in the game. To walk the talk together.

Project facts

Main partner: Saloranta & de Vylder/A Radar Styled Novel (SE)

Partner organizations: Berlin Circus Festival (DE), Lithuanian Dance Information Center (LT), Teatro da Didascália (PT), Steven Bachelder (SE), School of Business (SE), Maison des Jonglages (FR), Cordata F.O.R. (It)

Third country partner organizations: High Acres Farm (US), Nordic House in the Faroe Islands (FO), La Serre – Arts Vivant (CA)

“The circus arts are a young and dynamic art field, offering an alternative vision of contemporary artistic creation. Presented in black boxes, traditional theatres, tents, or in the public space, contemporary circus has the capacity to attract new audiences and touch the diversity of individual and collective sensitivities at work in our societies. […] Relying on the talent of highly trained professionals but being also a popular cultural practice and a socially engaged sector, the circus arts have the capacity to contribute to a variety of local development objectives but also to question mainstream opinions and institutionalised policy choices. At the crossroads of different artforms, and more flexible in its structure and operations than other sectors, the circus arts have the capacity to invent or contribute to original partnerships, within or beyond the cultural sector.”

(Circostrada Network , “European Capitals of Culture and Circus Art” “The way ahead: recommendations to circus stakeholders, ECOC teams, and policymakers”)

The idea of a DAO is simple. Organisations are sets of rules. Computer programs can implement rules. An advanced blockchain, like Ethereum, provides a way of running any computer program on a distributed world computer. These small(ish) programs are called smart contracts. Code the rules of an organisation into smart contracts and deploy them on a distributed world computer like the Ethereum blockchain and a presto, you have a DAO.

A lot of interesting things follow. DAOs sidestep human meddling, they can be international, cross-jurisdictional, open source, unstoppable, uncensorable…”

Tere Vadén , Why DPO not DAO?


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