Martin Zeilinger is a London-based new media researcher, practitioner, and curator. His work focuses in part on the societal and cultural impact of emerging financial technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies. More information on these topics is available through MoneyLab UK, an international event bringing together artists, activists, and theorists working on these issues, which Martin organised at Somerset House, London, in early 2018. Martin currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Media at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and is curator of the Toronto-based Vector Media Art Festival.
First as Snapshot, then as Decentralised Digital Asset
In the age of ubiquitous connectivity and seemingly limitless cloud-based storage capabilities, all photographers, whether as amateurs, artists, or professionals, face new and difficult questions regarding their work’s afterlife, which have continued to gain in importance over the last years: what becomes of digital photographs once they begin to circulate online, how can the rights of their creators be protected, and how should the constant churn of online photographs be controlled? In early 2018, Eastman Kodak Company announced that it was about to provide a solution to these difficult issues.