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GENESIS: Art, Anti-Censorship, and Archain

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St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace

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What is GENESIS?

In a unique fusion of cutting-edge cryptocurrency technology and mixed media art/poetry from Nathan Hassall and John Speed, the Archain project will be hosting GENESIS, a free public art exhibition in the heart of the City of London, on the 15th and 16th of December 2017.

Why host GENESIS?

Threats to our digital rights and internet freedoms press in from all sides, encroaching on and eroding our ability to freely access and share knowledge. These rights and liberties are of vital importance to the future of the internet, and are essential protection against both subtle invasions of our freedom of expression, and against the future development of authoritarian regimes.

We have all experienced the loss or alteration of online information — whether by accidental or purposeful means, whether by individuals or governments, and whether for nefarious or innocuous reasons. The Archain project offers a solution to this problem, with the conception of a truly permanent, decentralised archive parallel to the internet.

What will be on show at GENESIS?

The GENESIS exhibition will celebrate the artistic and technological communities' shared values of creativity and innovation, freedom of expression, and liberty from censorship. Presenting uncompromising works of illustration and poetry in dialogue with themes of censorship and control, GENESIS represents the core values and principles that prompted the creation of the Archain project.

Artists Nathan Hassall and John Speed (Rebel Yuth) have put together work inspired by and have incorporated a series of messages from the Archain project's crowdfunding contributors. These uncensored messages will also be stored eternally on the 'Genesis Block' of the Archain network, providing future generations with an honest and often touching insight into how passionately people care about their digital rights and freedoms.

Who can attend GENESIS?

Anyone and everyone are welcome to attend!

To reflect the Archain project's values of freedom of information to all, the exhibit is open to the public free of charge on both nights of the exhibition. This eventwill appeal particularly to those interested in the themes of censorship, freedom of the press through artistic expression, and of course those interested in blockchain technology, fintech, and cryptocurrencies.

Where is GENESIS taking place?

GENESIS will be hosted within the heart of the City of London, at the historic Grade 1 listed venue St Ethelburga's, 78 Bishopsgate. Founded in 1250AD, this inspiring location provides a perfect setting from which to explore themes of permanence and resilience, symbolising the enduring power of shared human history.

Who are the artists involved with GENESIS?

Nathan Hassall has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from the University of Kent. He is a co-founder and editor of the experimental literary magazine, Guttural and editor for The Luxembourg Review. He has had poetry and prose published or is forthcoming in a variety of magazines, including Episteme, Failed Haiku, cattails, Cat on a Leash Review, Watershed Review and Yellow Chair Review. Hassall’s most recent chapbook, The Flesh and Mortar Prophecy, is available on Amazon.

John Speed (Rebel Yuth) is a UK based multi-disciplined illustrator and artist. During his career he has worked and collaborated with a multitude of brands and companies including: Basement Approved, Schott NYC, Blackscale, Lightwork, Bench Sportswear, Caterpillar Boots, Adidas Originals, Stylecreep Menswear, Trainerspotter and S.O.O.N (Porky’s BBQ House). These projects range from t-shirt design, publication and editorial illustration, logo creation, murals, international campaigns and exhibitions at prestigious galleries such as Hoxton. Speed has been interviewed, featured and spotlighted in various publications such as Highsnobiety, Complex Boiler Room, Breaks Magazine and I-D magazine.

How can I find out more about GENESIS?

If you would like more information, you can check out our Medium blog post, or drop us an email at team@archain.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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