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A photograph of a computer plotter drawing showing two blocky figures with their backs to each other on desktop computers

Fiber Optics

Moving between the loom and the computer, Charlotte Johannesson encourages us to look more closely—and slowly—at the technologies she uses.

A white rock dappled with rainbow-colored spots sits in a white room

1of1

A collectors' club works with institutions to develop exhibition opportunities for dynamic works of digital art.

A digitally rendered image of a mystical landscape with a large tree and a glitter ball, bathed in a pinkish light

Libby Heaney & Sarah Shin

How can the empirical fields of science and technology be reimagined to reflect a more mysterious reality? Might quantum physics offer a useful framework?

A book cover with the image of a globe and lines connecting nodes on it

Fork Your Society, I want Out

Silicon Valley thought leader Balaji Srinivasan has proposed a revolutionary new form of statecraft, but it’s limited by metaphors of software development.

A person stands with arms outstretched in an arid desert landscape, appearing to wear a dress made from red and pink balloons

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Digital garments have been heralded as a revolution for sustainability in the fashion industry. But are they mainly just a cash grab for big-name brands?

A photo of a person sitting on a blue rug in front of a Macbook, on which are laid red-lidded jars of water

Sea Change

The art project Forkonomy() proposes a decentralized ownership model for the contested space of the South China Sea.

A surreal photograph of a man painted in blue paint with a shelving unit covered in pretzels and crowned with a doll's head attached to him

David Henry Nobody Jr.

A virtual studio visit with the self-described "reality hacker," who recounts his journey from underground performance art to NFTs

A booth at an art fair with backlit monitors on black walls showing colorful and striking abstract digital art.

The Marketplace of Ideas

With startups and foundations exhibiting alongside galleries, Art Dubai Digital proposes another model for the art fair, and myriad possibilities for digital art’s place in culture.

A digital rendering of a circular hall with a central column adorned by the Liberland flag

Land of the Free Market

Zaha Hadid Architects is building a libertarian metaverse whose vision of the future looks remarkably similar to our current reality.

A potted plant sits on a table in an exhibition booth; grids shaded with colorful gradients hang on the black walls

Simon Denny & terra0

How do smart contracts enable nonhuman entities to govern themselves? Can the law accommodate the systems that blockchains make possible?

A view of a virtual community space, with a white glowing tree in a plaza surrounded by gracefully curving buildings under a blue sky

Skawennati & LaTurbo Avedon

Two artists who make work in Second Life exchange ideas on the meaning of identity in virtual communities, and the prospects for widespread immersion in the metaverse.

Landscape Format

Simon Denny’s paintings of virtual property continue his long-term project of giving physical shape to often formless phenomena.

A photograph of a forest, where the green of the trees and the brush blur in the mist

Kayvon Tehranian

The founder of Foundation discusses the web3 marketplace's new curation tool, the values of decentralization, and his own approach to collecting.

A drawing of a stick figure with his mouth wide open, surrounded by scrawled quotes that an overzealous NFT collector would say

Josh Yakov

The former chef went down the crypto rabbit hole during the pandemic and became an expert in generative art.

A digital image that looks like a banknote, with guilloche patterns, borders, a denomination of 1, and a serial number, but is too abstract and empty to fully resemble an actual bill.

Scam Artist

Is crypto a scam? Is art a scam? Steve Pikelny’s winking answer to both questions is yes, and his work explores what happens when the art and the crypto are one and the same.

An abstract portrait of the collector Alan Lau, created from digital renderings of geometric shapes

Alan Lau

The Hong Kong-based collector has long been interested in the relationship between art and technology. Now he’s all in on web3.



Guest Editor

Simon Denny

How is the configuration of technologies, ideologies, and practices in the metaverse adapting—or displacing—existing concepts of land, ownership, and statehood? How much of our social life and the systems that govern it will be virtual, and how will they intersect with embodied experience?

A square canvas painted black and showing a bird's eye map view of a plot of land on Decentraland
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A potted plant sits on a table in an exhibition booth; grids shaded with colorful gradients hang on the black walls

Simon Denny & terra0

How do smart contracts enable nonhuman entities to govern themselves? Can the law accommodate the systems that blockchains make possible?

A digital rendering of a circular hall with a central column adorned by the Liberland flag

Land of the Free Market

Zaha Hadid Architects is building a libertarian metaverse whose vision of the future looks remarkably similar to our current reality.