CO:QUO is pleased to present the virtual event series, Music Futures & Simulacra: Exploring Without a Map, taking place in cyberspace throughout June.  

The overarching theme of the series looks at simulacra to imagine new futures for the music industry, using symbols and signs in place of reality to explore territory without a map. NFTs and avatars are emerging tools in the music industry which propose new models and modes of consumption, but come with their own challenges and barriers to entry. To mitigate these challenges and open up new doors for discussion, two online workshops will take place via Zoom, complemented by the launch of a Discord server where participants can engage and discuss findings and resolutions presented in the workshops.

Entry to the workshops and Discord server is free and open to all; advanced registration for the Zoom sessions can be found here.The 9th June launch of the Discord will be accompanied by a new episode of the monthly CO:QUO residency on Refuge Worldwide, where artist and musician Sui Zhen joins CO:QUO’s Kaitlyn for a discussion on avatars, feedback loops, and the ways that technology enables community.

The first workshop (16th June @ 6pm CEST) will focus on NFTs as a tool for musicians to exhibit, promote, and sell their work, and the risks and implications that accompany the infrastructure.

Panellists include: 
Cherie Hu, journalist and researcher – Alexandra Thompson, Artist and Sound Designer – Dryhurst, artist and researcher – Stangl, Zora –É, musician – Jesus, musician –

The second workshop (23rd June @ 6pm CEST) will focus on the legacy and presence of avatars in music and artist expression, and the freedoms they can and continue to provide music communities. Panellists include;
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, artist –, musician – Ant, new media artist –  Trevor McFedries, co-founder and CEO, Brud –

The series will conclude with a Discord discussion room (30th June @ 6pm CEST) with New Models, where participants will be encouraged to join discussions on the future of Web 3.0 and practical applications of emerging technologies. These events are made possible with support from Musicboard Berlin GmbH and the Ryerson Communication and Design Society.

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