Decentralised effects: how blockchain offers new possibilities in society
Ignota is a new publishing house from Verso‘s communications director Sarah Shin, and the Serpentine‘s Ben Vickers. Themes covered by Ignota will include - and we quote - esoterica, thoughtforms, poetry, witchcraft, advanced technology, astrology, altered states, mysticism, gnosticism, ritual, speculation, psychedelics, metaphysics, yoga, the subtle body, experimental literature, The Way, pilgrimage, feminism, herbalism, deep time, systems theory, crystals, cybernetics, dolphins, culture and politics.
Released on 28/01/19 is The White Paper, a work edited by Jaya Klara Brekke and Vickers, looking at Blockchain but in a way far removed from the architypal tech press / Silicon Valley nonsense of it being part of a techno-utopia. Instead, The White Paper takes us back to Satoshi Nakamoto‘s original white paper on a peer-to-peer means of electronic funds transaction. More specifically, it asks why Nakamoto‘s paper made no references to political or socioeconomic conditions - whether at the time or in the future - and whether such a lack of connectivity to the world around it ended up being a help or a hindrance.
The book is introduced by James Bridle, who’s introductory paragraph analyses how Bitcoin and blockchain helps to effect our view on what is possible in politics and in society: in particular, how it contributes to an ongoing technopolitical debate around the decentralisation of politics.
You can order The White Paper here. It costs £12.99 - at the time of writing, 0.041BTC.