Maybe the Trojan Horse was the first activist artwork; The Trojan Foundation is built similarly as a collective vehicle that seeks to act beyond the restrictions of the institutional “art world”, leveraging blockchain technology and smart contracts so as to radically re-imagine what a cultural organization is, how it operates, and how it can be participated in.
The Trojan Foundation is a collective vehicle that artists will use to get paid for making the art they want to make. It will allow them to sidestep the institutional “art world” and intervene into the art economy. We will launch in Athens, Greece, where most of our current members are based.
The Trojan Foundation is a community-governed, crowd-funded art/cultural organization, the first of its kind to leverage blockchain technology in order to create an autonomous funding pool for artists.
Specifically we are building a decentralised autonomous organisation, the Trojan DAO. This organization is comprised of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, which will allow Foundation members to vote on which art projects they want to finance out of their community fund.
The Trojan Foundation is an attempt to look beyond the artificial scarcities and competitive practices of the existing art world, which has been co-opted to a remarkable degree by finance capital. We are driven by a desire for deeper forms of participation and interconnection between creators, publics, and supporters alike. We want to reduce the bureaucracy and barriers to collaboration, to operate without mediators and to be wholly uninhibited by borders.
The Trojan DAO is an organization as a distributed art-work, an indeterminate and ever-evolving organism, a social sculpture to be co-shaped through the contribution of multiple participants. Above all, it’s an experiment in radical new forms of collective governance and resource allocation that we hope will have implications for art far beyond Athens.