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Blockchain and Art Provenance

Center for Art Law invites you to the new series of events, Some Like it Digital, as the art world glows bright hot with possibilities promised by everything computers (AI, ML, NFT, R2D2).

If there’s a buzz word for this past decade it has got to be ‘blockchain’. But, even with its general popularity some still wonder – what is it?! What does it do? WHERE is it? And in our circles – how does this affect the art and legal landscape? Join Lars Schlichting, Tim Kompanchenko and Irina Tarsis for a conversation on the disruptive or business as usual applications of blockchain in the art law world. Together we will explore topics of provenance and the evidentiary applications that blockchain offers to artists and lawyers.

About our speakers:

Lars Schlichting, partner and expert in Financial Services and Digital Market Team at Kellerhals Carrard Lugano. Lars directs BitIncubator & Venture SA, a OTC exchange acting for selected clients. His key areas of experience are technology, regulatory, data protection and tax laws. He advises corporate clients in the application of new technologies like blockchain as well as in the compliance in financial laws. In particular he is a specialist in anti-money laundering legislation applied to new technology, he is acting as a data protection officer for financial institution and advised the establishment of crypto exchangers and crypto financial products. He is head of the Souther Alps chapter of the Crypto Valley Association, member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss LegalTech Association.

Timothy Kompanchenko is a pioneer in the blockchain-secured registration of verified provenance information about artworks and collectibles. Prior to joining Artory, “the secure, public Registry for art and objects” as its CTO, Timothy served as the chief technology officer at Christie’s, one of the leading auction houses, in charge of their Emerging Technology Group focusing on next-gen client-facing and internal web and native apps, data products and acquisition practices, cloud-native infrastructure, and integrations of open-source technologies with enterprise systems. He was co-initiator of the annual Christie’s Blockchain Art+Tech Summit. Before Christie’s, he was CTO at Collectrium, the first cloud-native inventory management software with market data-based insights; the company was acquired by Christie’s in 2015. Tim is a member of the New York CTO Club, an independent, not-for-profit, invitation-only group of senior technologists who meet monthly to share ideas and expertise.

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