The Blockchain for Creative Industries cluster comprises staff from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, as well as from Science and Technology. We explore the disruptive – and enabling – potential of blockchain technology for music, photography, art, fashion, film, journalism and gaming. As well as high-quality research outputs, the cluster is committed to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Areas of interest include new business and economic models; creative entrepreneurship and artistic identity; copyright; visual analytics; and digital forensics. As well as exploring the considerable potential for innovation, we also look at barriers to adoption and possible disadvantages of this new technology – one some have suggested could be as significant as the World Wide Web.
Cluster members have spoken at events including the Bitcoin and Blockchain Leadership Forum in London, the Great Escape festival in Brighton and Distributed: Health in Nashville; they have been interviewed on the BBC and written articles for publications including the Guardian, the Conversation and Distributed magazine. Our work has also received extensive media coverage from publications including Music Week, Music 4.5, International Business Times, Tech City News, Cryptocoin News, City A.M., Fortune magazine, Huffington Post and Record of the Day.
The cluster is part of the Open Music Initiative, alongside Berklee, MIT, Harvard and UCL.`