New technologies continue to impact the production, consumption, and transaction of cultural objects. From artificial intelligence (AI) to non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to the metaverse, the rules of engagement are being radically redefined as we speak. This course charts the changing reality of contemporary digital culture by considering these new aesthetics in relation to more familiar histories of art. Course participants will gain an understanding of how artists are incorporating technology into their practice, how museums and galleries are re-evaluating the rules of the display, the potential of the blockchain as a new art commercial ecosystem, and how NFTs can unite fine art with crypto culture. The course includes guest speakers from the heart of the NFT conversation and concludes with a short project for students to apply their knowledge.
Director of Art and Technology
Gareth Fletcher is a Lecturer and Seminar Tutor in Art Business. He holds a BA (Art History, History) and BFA (Film) from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and is a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute MA in Art Business program who has worked in a variety of roles within the London art market.Read More
Day 1: Consider the aesthetics of crypto art (artist/collectors).
Day 2: Explore digital innovation and commercial art market ecologies.
Day 3: Examine AI and NFTs in the art world.
Day 4: Learn about Web3 and metaverses.
Day 5: Discuss AR/VR/XR in public and private sector institutions.
This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and QandA. All live sessions are also recorded and available in the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.
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For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 3.7 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
*As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.