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Towards DAOs of difference

reading blockchain through the decolonial thought of Sylvia Wynter

Towards DAOs of difference

reading blockchain through the decolonial thought of Sylvia Wynter

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With this article, I explore the connections between blockchain technology, coloniality, and decolonial practices. Drawing on Sylvia Wynter’s thought on the interdependent systems of colonialism, capitalism, and knowledge, as well as more recent work on the coloniality of digital technologies, I argue that blockchain-based systems reproduce certain dynamics at work in historical colonialism. Additionally, Wynter’s decolonial propositions provide a generative framework to understand countercultural practices with. Inspired by Wynter, Patricia de Vries explores the notion of “plot work as artistic praxis” to ask how artistic work, implicated as it is in capitalist logics, can create space for relating dierently in the context of the exploitations of those dominant logics. I apply this notion to examine how Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) in the countercultural blockchain space might contribute to this praxis.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
Datum2023-09-07
TypeArtikel
DOI10.7146/aprja.v12i1.140448
TaalEngels

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