[spectre] arebyte Gallery's upcoming exhibition around blockchain, provoke questions about labour, automation, value in art, decentralised sharing economies and distribution of wealth

Rebecca Edwards rebecca at arebyte.com
Thu Jan 9 12:04:00 CET 2020

Trickle Down: A New Vertical Sovereignty
Helen Knowles
Opening <https://www.facebook.com/events/485094022114825/> Thursday 23
January 2020, 6-9pm

Exhibition runs 24 January - 26 February 2020

arebyte Gallery are pleased to announce Trickle Down, A New Vertical
Sovereignty, a new body of work by UK based artist Helen Knowles.

Trickle Down, A New Vertical Sovereignty is a tokenised four-screen video
installation and generative soundscape attached to the blockchain, which
explores value systems and wealth disparity. The artwork is composed of
auction scenes, performances and choral interludes by different communities
such as prisoners, blockchain technology employees, market sellers, and
Sotheby’s auction bidders. Trickle Down, A New Vertical Sovereignty draws
on technological and financial power structures which traditionally
scaffold the disparity between a wealthy elite and everyday working people
but looks to re-imagine our vertically stacked digital ecosystem to
horizontally distribute wealth.

The installation commences when a visitor drops a pound coin into a machine
designed to expose the mechanisms needed to convert fiat currency into
crypto-currency. Each and every member of the Trickle Down community, who
has helped the work come to fruition,  will receive a share of the ETH via
a smart contract on the blockchain.

Trickle Down, A New Vertical Sovereignty seeks to explore and provoke
questions about labour, automation, value in art, decentralised sharing
economies and distribution of wealth.

A series of public workshops around the project, alternative economies and
the blockchain have been taking place at the Whitworth as part of Economics
the Blockbuster, an action research project and exhibition for late
2021/early 2022, in partnership with Alliance Manchester Business School

A two-part edition of the Trickle Down work is available to purchase on the
blockchain via Block Rocket’s website.

Trickle Down, A New Vertical Sovereignty is an artwork by Helen Knowles,
supported using public funding from Arts Council England. The artwork is
produced by FutureEverything with additional support from Whitworth
Gallery, arebyte Gallery and FACT.

With thanks to Daniel Dressel, BlockRocketTech, Denis Jones, Arone Dyers,
Pablo Galaz, Lewis Sykes, Howard Kennedy LLP, Ethereal Summit, Metamark,
Dave Beech, Damien Mahoney, Known Origin and The University of Salford.

Please note in order to experience the Trickle Down installation, visitors
will need to insert a £1 coin into the sculpture. A cash machine is located
near Canning Town underground station.

More information -
Rebecca Edwards
arebyte Gallery
+44 7450 641 411

*arebyte Gallery*
Java House, 7 Botanic Square, London City Island, E14 0LG

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| opening 5 Dec - 11 Jan 2020
arebyte on screen <http://aos.arebyte.com/> | Angie Rengifo *by artists* |
+DEDE present *Home Invasion* *by curators*

Full 2020 programme to be announced soon
*Trickle Down, A New Vertical Sovereignty*
<https://www.facebook.com/events/485094022114825/> | Helen Knowles |
opening 23 Jan 2020

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