Theatrical pose of a digital figure with a picture frame composing its body opens its chest up like a door, revealing virtual doorways.

International Conference

10 – 12 March 2023

De Balie, Amsterdam & online

Hartwig Art FoundationRijksakademie van beeldende kunstenMemory Gems



A new technological universe has created new artistic landscapes. During this conference, artists, curators, activists and industry professionals who work at the intersection of contemporary art and digital technologies, will take us deep into the metaverse, a shared space at the nexus of the virtual and the physical that is gaining increased attention as a space for artistic production and experiences. How are we interacting with it, and how can we shape its future direction in a more ethical and collaborative manner?

Through talks, discussions, and presentations, the speakers will share their insights and explore key questions such as: What are the forms of artistic practices at the intersection of the physical and the virtual? How do artists, using these technologies, engage with the ethical, social, and environmental implications? How can we counter big tech in deciding what the metaverse is and can become? And what role do we, as participants, play in shaping the future direction?

The conference will open on Friday at 8 p.m. at De Balie with the Dutch premiere screening of Ian Cheng’s Life after BOB: The Chalice Study, followed by a conversation with Ian Cheng.

Tickets are on sale now—join us for this exciting event and important conversations live in Amsterdam or via our Discord server and livestream online (free of charge).


Prior to the conference, a series of workshops by Black Swan, The Hmm, Shuruq Tramontini, Veronica So &  Ivaylo Getov will take place at the Rijksakademie


A selection of works by individual artists and collectives who are using the metaverse as a medium for artistic expression will be presented at De Balie (free of charge) as part of the conference

more information soon




10 March

The Modules by Black Swan (at Rijksakademie)
10:00 - 14:30Workshop
Dancing in the metaverse - Make-your-own-avatar by The Hmm (at Rijksakademie)
10:30 - 15:00Workshop
Life After BOB – worldbuilding for the metaverse by Shuruq Tramontini, Veronica So & Ivaylo Getov (at Rijksakademie)
13:00 - 17:00Workshop
Life after BOB: The Chalice Study with Ian Cheng
20:00 - 22:00Screening + Q&A


11 March

Conference day – full programme will be available soon!
10:30 - 19:30


12 March

Showcase of artworks at De Balie – free of charge
10:00 - 18:00


Morehshin Allahyari

Black Swan

Ian Cheng

Barbara Cueto

Ali Eslami

The Hmm (Babusi Nyoni & Margarita Osipian)


Trevor McFedries

Micaela Mantegna

Moving Castles (Arthur Roeing Baer+GVN)

Marina Otero Verzier

Chao Tayiana

Veronica So


Shuruq Tramontini

& Ivaylo Getov

& more to be announced!