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Future Ideations Camp Vol.2 Keynote Lecture03 “Art and Beyond: The Dynamics of Volume DAO“

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] ※Live-streaming available on CCBT YouTube Channel
Date & Time
August 27(Sun) 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Venue Open: 6:15pm)
Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] ※Live-streaming available on CCBT YouTube Channel
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Under the theme “Making New Rules with Blockchains,” the second iteration of the Future Ideations Camp will reconceptualize money, NFTs, and DAOs through practical applications of blockchain technologies. The Taiwan-based Volume DAO delivers the third keynote lecture, which is open to the general public and streamed live on YouTube.

Exploring ways to make rules with blockchain technologies, Future Ideations Camp Vol. 2 brings together around twenty participants as well as Japanese and international instructors and facilitators to conceive new visions of currencies, non-fungible tokens, and decentralized autonomous organizations through blockchains. The third keynote lecture is open to the general public and features the Taiwan-based Volume DAO.

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO) are structures that make centralized control redundant and are now attracting attention as a new concept representative of the shift to Web3. All of the decision-making and financial transactions that take place within a DAO are visible and accessible to everyone and handled through blockchain technology, which maintains the transparency. 

The Taiwan-based Volume DAO comprises several artists and collectors who create and collect art, and engage in educational activities. Significant examples of its output include curating two recent exhibitions: “Do Machines Dream of NFT?” (2022) and “Generative Taipei On-Site” (2023). Web3 enables multiple identities and forms a platform for practices that transcend previous conventions of roles, turning artists into collectors, and collectors into curators. Formed by people like this, Volume DAO is helping to support the art scene that they propose. In the coming Web3 world, what will DAO be able to achieve? This lecture explores those possibilities through examples of Volume DAO’s practices. What impact will DAOs active in arts and culture have on how art is valued and appraised? The lecture also homes in on the potential for renewing the relationship between art and people.

You-Sheng Zhang

co-founder of Volume DAO

He is a co-founder of Volume DAO. Since 2010, Zhang has been an organizer of an experimental music label called Kandala Records. In 2012, he and Dawang Huang’s collaborative field recording works Minkoku Hyakunen won Honorary Mention of Sound Art and Digital Musics at Ars Electronica. Since 2018, Zhang has started to study the principles of blockchain and crypto currency. In the October of 2021, he and some artists and collectors co-founded Volume DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization focused on creation, collection, exhibition and education of art and NFT on blockchain. Now Volume DAO has curated two exhibitions “Do Machines Dream of NFT?” (2022) and “Generative Taipei On-Site” (2023). Zhang has a PhD degree in Political Science and keeps writing critiques about performing art and the phenomenon of Web3. His articles can be found at websites like ARTouch, ARTalks and No Man’s Land.




Eziraros is a Taiwanese generative artist who previously worked for over a decade as a web designer and front-end developer. He has worked in various fields, including the pet supplies industry with AI applications, the music software industry, and online bookstores. During his career, he also participated in the development of President Tsai Ing-wen’s campaign website. Since 2022, he has immersed himself in the world of generative art, predominantly unveiling his creations on the web3 platform fxhash. A master of his craft, he skillfully employs p5.js to meticulously craft generative drawings, building them up frame by frame. With a penchant for representational subjects, his body of work shines brightest through his remarkable piece, “the generative octopuses”, which has garnered recognition in the esteemed TENDER ICONS collection. After the release of “the generative octopuses,” he was invited to join Volume DAO and co-curated Taiwan’s first generative art exhibition to enter a museum, called “Generative Taipei On-Site” in 2023.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] (Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)