If things come to us in their names, then the power of things comes to us in the power of their names.
– J. R. R. Tolkien
Naming is Hard
I’m not referring to naming a building, which is hard and expensive. If this is something that interests you, opportunities start at $200k at the New Hampshire Boat Museum.
We were about to name this newsletter the Arts Blacklist, which is:
- A currently popular TV series
- Something that could get you into jail if you are a South Korean culture minister for a president whose dad was the head of a military dictatorship
- A list you might get on if you like to buy and flip works of art. I’m not sure I fully get why this is a bad thing, though.
We decided against this.
Pop-up museums are an interesting trend in that they appear to be mostly for-profit and subsidized by ticket revenue and sponsorships.
Conceptually, they also seem to fit into the trend for on-demand services along with ghost kitchens and subscription dog food. Should we call it Museum as a Service (MaaS)? (Unfortunately, someone already came up with this name.)
As an incredible and slightly nauseating alliterative experience, my favorite concept for now has to be the pop-up poop museum in Yokohama, Japan.
On the more edifying side of things, these high school students just launched a popular pop-up museum & escape room that deals with the toxic aspects of being a teenager.
You would think that if you get some MBA and Art students together, they best use of their combined talents would be to figure out how to make money from art?
Well, not in this case.
The students took part in a cryptocurrency workshop organized by the two schools, exploring the relationship between art and money by creating new “currencies,” based on the cryptocurrency structure that has produced decentralized digital currencies like Bitcoin. Renowned German conceptual artist and filmmaker Hito Steyerl worked with the students.
A Yale professor is quoted in the article as saying, “there’s an interesting relationship between art and money.” Indeed.
More generally, there are a number of fascinating aspects to the Crypto Art world:
- Some are using blockchain technologies in the arts to create decentralized registries, like Christie’s and others are doing.
- You might also be able to purchase shares of famous paintings in a way that somehow involves the blockchain.
- Or sell your digital art (just launched in Beta).
- Others are making art inspired by the cryptocurrency movement.
- Finally, if you made millions with Bitcoin, I imagine you might want to hang a “Digital Currency Canvas Print Bitcoin Wall Art Cryptocurrencies Abstract Art Cryptocurrency Print Office Decor Gift for Trader Ethereum Art” print in your living room.
This should probably become a regular section.
We’re proving that the arts world can be never-endingly rich and entertaining. In fact, we believe many more people should consider a career in the arts (check out what’s available right now).
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