Permissionless Miami 2021
Permissionless is an experimental 100% decentralized art exhibition taking place during Miami Art Week (Art Basel Miami)
Any artist can participate in Permissionless Miami
An exciting innovation of NFTs and the internet is how they can level the playing field for art by allowing artists to sell their work and get recognition without needing to go through the traditional gatekeepers.
Despite this, IRL showings of NFT art at major art events are typically organized by the very gatekeepers that Ethereum and other decentralized infrastructure is supposed to disrupt.
‘Premissionless’ attempts to demonstrate the full advantage of NFTs by constructing a Miami Art Week exhibition for a completely unknown artist that is completely decentralized and isolated from the social structures of Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week. Further, ‘Permissionless’ has been opened up as a conceptual platform such that any artist can participate and display their artwork as part of the exhibition.
Taking advantage of the cities of Miami and Miami Beach’s underpricing of parking compared to the land value that the parking occupies, ‘Permissionless’ is exhibited in rental trucks, thus negating the need for gallery space and costing significantly less to produce than traditional exhibitions.
Location: various street parking spaces throughout Miami and Miami Beach
(Trucks will be moving spaces throughout the week. Check back for specific locations.)
(Artists can choose to charge for admission if they want to, but we don't expect many will.)
Note: Listing does not imply endorsement.
Permissionless Miami is open to any artist to participate, and we are listing all artists who asked to be included. Be warned that the lack of gatekeepers means that it may be easy for scammers to participate. The team behind Permissionless does not endorse buying any art or NFTs as an investment.
Permissionless by J-Walk
Joseph (aka J-Walk) originally came up with the idea for Permissionless Miami to exhibit his own work and remains a member of the core Permissionless team
BodiedCrypto by ArtByDutchess
Reach for the Blockchains by Reach
Artist Statement: Art is an expression of the human experience, and the human experience is nothing if not a story of a collective of individuals bound by community. Communities create art and are then molded by the works of art they produce. At Reach, we are breaking the borders of tribalism in an effort to maximize the human experience for all people. Our art is an expression of that effort.
Metamorphosis by VanDi (Narc VanDermeer)
Artist Statement: Marc is a multidisciplinary artist. The only son of the artist/sculpture/poet Carol Vandermeir Levy. Marc holds a BFA in film from the Philadelphia College of Art (U'Arts). Marc's career path out of college was into the advertising film and video industry. In 1985 in founded his sales and management company, CAM inc. In 2006, he left his company to focus entirely on art. While his roots are in painting and film, he incorporates mixed media elements with his work today. His work in photography is varied from bnw street, landscape, and abstract collage. He was an early pioneer in digital art, and in 2002 he started to use digital painting, filters, and layering in his art. Marc works from his studio in Connecticut. He has attended workshops and classes at Silvermine Art's and the Contemporary Print Center for the past ten years. Marc is best known for his multiple-dimensional layered collages, which draw inspiration from nature, light, and color.
HIGHER 2020 by ANGELVIBEPILL
Artist Statement: INSPIRED BY MY EXPERIENCES OVER THE PAST YEAR 2020, MY PROPOSAL IS TO SHOW YOU WHAT I LIVED AND THE CODES THAT I GOT WICH ALL GOES BEYOND EACH PIECE.
I KNOW THAT EVERY HUMAN CAN RELATE TO THIS, THE YEAR 2020 PLACED ME IN A DIFFICULT POSITION, WITH A LOT OF PROBLEMS THAT I HAD TO SOLVE AND GLOBAL LIMITATIONS THAT GREATLY SHORTENED MY ABILITY TO SOLVE THEM.
WHAT WAS MY RESPONSE TO ALL OF THAT? KEEP CREATING!
THAT WAS MY ESCAPE, IT WAS MY MUSE, AND WITH ALL THE SITUATIONS AND INFLUENCES IN THAT YEAR I ENDED UP WITH TWELVE PIECES OF NFT ART THAT I CALLED HIGHER2020.
Living Paintings by Isola
Artist Statement: Isola is a 2-person NFT collaboration between visual artist Katherine Buglione and musician/producer Keith Zarriello (best known for his musical work as "The Shivers"). Katherine's background as a traditional portrait painter and animator pairs well with Keith's musical composition abilities, and the music acts as a film score for these portraits that have come to life in their work.
Munchies NFT by Adam Rattigan
We are on a mission to educate people about past and present artists with inspired pieces to welcome a new generation into the artwork through nfts.
Street Works by Ace Michael Romero
Photography Art Van by Brian Cattelle
Artist Statement: My fuck you to the system, I've built an art van that is a gallery on wheels. I post up turn on the lights, open the doors and sling my photography, and this year some NFTs
How to Participate
Any artist can participate in Permissionless. The exhibition is completely decentralized, meaning that you do not need approval or even contact with organizers to participate.
Cost and Supplies
At minimum, you will need your art and a box truck to participate. You can rent a truck from U-Haul for about $20 per day.
Street Parking in Miami and Miami beach ranges from $2-$8 per hour. We'd recommend budgeting $30-$60 per day for parking. Many areas allow free overnight street parking.
Be careful to pay attention to parking regulations and avoid getting ticketed on towed.
Potential additional expenses include: gas, lighting, signing and decorations for inside or outside the truck, displays or projectors for digital artwork, batteries or generators, U-Haul damage insurance
Artwork can be displayed inside or outside the truck. If artwork is being displayed inside the truck, it is recommended that you find a way for people with disabilities who cannot enter the truck to be able to see the artwork.
Inside the truck may get dark. You may want to think about purchasing battery powered lights, especially if you are keeping the truck open at night.
Digital Artwork: Displaying digital artwork that cannot be displayed in printed form is more complex. You may consider using televisions, monitors, tablets, or projectors. U-Haul trucks sometimes have power outlets in the cab, but this is not guaranteed. To use the power outlet, you will need to keep the truck idling, which will use up gas.
If you are using battery powered displays, lighting, projectors, or other equipment, make sure you have a plan for charging batteries.
If you are considering using a generator to power electronics, it is recommended that you research any applicable laws
To exhibit, you will be parking the truck in a street parking space.
Most spaces cost money. Although some may have parking meters, most meters in Miami and Miami Beach have been replaced with pay-by-app. Miami uses the "paybyphone" app, and Miami Beach uses "ParkMobile" and "ParkMe."
Pay attention to time limitations. Most spaces have a limit for how long you can park there. You should plan ahead for when and how you will move spaces before reaching the time limit. Parking in desirable locations during Miami Art Week will be hard to get. One recommended approach is to pre-scout locations and have a friend park in your next location when a space becomes available and then have them pull out right before you pull in.
Parking at night Many spaces are free with no time limits overnight, although take care to avoid residential streets that require permits for overnight parking. 10pm-2am may be a great time to display your truck in entertainment districts, such as Wynwood.
Safety and Security:
You are the only one responsible to ensure that nobody gets hurt in your exhibition. There is no central authority for Permissionless Miami with liability insurance. Be extra careful if you are running a generator or any wires outside the truck. NEVER run a generator inside the truck or an an area where there is not adequate airflow.
Do not leave the truck unattended with anything valuable inside. Make sure to lock every door of the truck when not exhibiting. U-Hauls will often require locking each door individually while unlocking all doors if you unlock one.