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 sold-out — few tickets for the ‘Livestream Salon’ in De Balie are still available.

Watch the livestream (free of charge) on this website and join the conversation via our Discord server.


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


The Art in the Age of the Metaverse showcase runs parallel to the conference and presents artworks by artists who are speaking during the programme: Morehshin Allahyari, Kévin Bray, Ian Cheng, Ali Eslami, Moving Castles (Arthur Roeing Baer+GVN), Katja Novitskova, Babusi Nyoni, Shuruq Tramontini & Peter Wu+.

From big-scale live simulations in Unity to poetic renditions of AI image datasets, the showcase explores the metaverse as a shared space at the nexus of the virtual and the physical.

The showcase is accessible free of charge at De Balie during the conference from Friday 6 p.m. and until Sunday 12 March.

Timetable (CET)


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
Showcase of artworks at De Balie opens – free of charge
18:00 - 22:00
Life after BOB: The Chalice Study with Ian Cheng
20:00 - 22:00Screening + Q&A


11 March

Opening conference day
10:30 - 10:45
Micaela Mantegna
10:45 - 11:15Keynote
Micaela Mantegna + Ian Cheng + Barbara Cueto (moderator)
11:20 - 11:55Panel
Coffee break
11:55 - 12:20
Trevor McFedries
12:20 - 12:45Talk
Trevor McFedries & Arif Kornweitz (moderator)
12:45 - 13:15Q&A
Jinha Lee
13:15 - 13:45Talks + Q&A
Lunch break
13:45 - 14:45
Katja Novitskova, Peter Wu+ & Wade Wallerstein (moderator)
13:50 - 14:45Online Talks
Morehshin Allahyari
14:45 - 15:15Keynote
Chao Tayiana
15:25 - 15:35Talk
Morehshin Allahyari, Chao Tayiana, Kevin Bray & Arthur Steiner (moderator)
15:35 - 16:05Panel
Coffee break
16:05 - 16:30
Moving Castles (Arthur Roeing Baer+GVN), Ali Eslami, Keiken & Leonardo Dellanoce (moderator)
16:30 - 17:30Talks + Q&A
Coffee break
17:30 - 18:00
Primavera De Filippi
18:00 - 18:30Talk
Barbara Cueto
18:30 - 18:45Talk
Marina Otero, Primavera de Filippi, Barbara Cueto & Margarita Osipian (moderator)
18:45 - 19:10Panel
End of the programme
19:10 - 19:15Wrap Up


12 March

Showcase of artworks at De Balie – free of charge
11:00 - 17:00


Morehshin Allahyari

Black Swan

Kévin Bray

Ian Cheng

Barbara Cueto

Ali Eslami

Primavera De Filippi

The Hmm (Babusi Nyoni & Margarita Osipian)


Arif Kornweitz

Jinha Lee

Trevor McFedries

Micaela Mantegna

Moving Castles (Arthur Roeing Baer+GVN)

Katja Novitskova

Marina Otero Verzier

Chao Tayiana

Veronica So


Shuruq Tramontini

& Ivaylo Getov

Wade Wallerstein

Peter Wu+