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Developments in Web3 for the Creative Industries

Nov 07, 2022


The Australia Council for the Arts and RMIT have come together to develop a new piece of research, Developments in Web3 for the Creative Industries. The research examines how creative practitioners are using the tools and platforms of Web3, and aims to equip the creative sector with the information they need to decide how or whether they would like to engage with these technologies.

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Along with the release of the research paper, we invited the arts sector and the broader creative community to discuss how, where and why creative practitioners are using blockchain technologies.

The event included a conversation with report authors Professor Ellie Rennie, Dr Indigo Holcombe-James, and Alana Kushnir, as well as a panel discussion with new media artist Michelle Brown, creative technologist and entrepreneur Sean Gardner, architect and academic Jan van Schaik, and multidisciplinary artist Serwah Attafuah.

The Developments in Web3 for the Creative Industries report covers a wide variety of technologies being built upon and using the philosophical frameworks of blockchain and web3 technologies. It includes research on the use of NFTs with regards to intellectual property and for restitution and repatriation. The report also touches on the growing infrastructure around the metaverse and its connection to gaming.


  • Ellie Rennie is an ARC Future Fellow and Principle Research Fellow in RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She is also a member of RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub and an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.
  • Indigo Holcombe-James is a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society, located in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She researches digital inequalities and transformation, with a focus on cultural and creative industries and institutions.
  • Alana Kushnir is an art lawyer, advisor and curator. In addition to being the Founder and Director of Guest Work Agency, she is the Principle Investigator of the Serpentine’s Legal Lab, a space for investigating legal issues and prototyping accessible legal solution for the arts technologies field.
  • Serwah Attafuah is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based on Dharug land/West Sydney, Australia. She creates surreal cyber dreamscapes and heavenly wastelands, populated by afro-futuristic abstractions of self with strong ancestral and contemporary themes. Serwah’s recent achievements include participation in Sotheby’s ‘Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale’ and ‘Apotheosis’: a live motion capture experience with Soft Centre at The Sydney Opera House.
  • Sean Gardner is co-founder of Emanate, a music monetisation platform that splits payments between collaborators and rights holders instantly as audio is consumed. He is also co-founder of MODA, a group of individuals and business partners dedicated to the advancement of the music industry via Web3 technologies.
  • Michelle Brown is a Brisbane-based new media artist focused on virtual and augmented reality and creating storytelling experiences in the digital space. Her current project, FloodplainsXYZ, is utilising blockchain (Tezos) and an immersive 3D/VR experience to raise awareness of climate change.
  • Jan van Schaik is an architect and director at MvS Architects, and a researcher and senior lecturer at RMIT Architecture & Urban Design. He is also the founder and convener of the +Concepts creative practice discourse series, and the author of the Lost Tablets art project, and a founder and director at creative industries strategic advice consultancy Future Tense.