Speaker Biographies – Art + Law: Digital Art and the Rise of NFTs

Claudel Goy, Arebyte

Claudel Goy is the managing director at arebyte, a position she has held since 2017. In her role, she ensures the organisation’s digital art programmes, fundraising, finances, marketing and communications are working together to fulfill the organisation’s mission in supporting multiple voices in digital cultures. Claudel benefits from over ten years experience working in the creative sector as a consultant, fundraiser, copyright adviser and producer for organisations in the visual art, performing art, press, radio, and TV industry. She holds an MA in Business Law (University of Geneva, 2006), has been admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2008 and completed an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (City University of London, 2015).

 

Hannes Koch, Random International

Art Group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL run a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by

Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, today they work with larger teams of diverse talent out of studios in London and Berlin. Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, their work invites active participation. RANDOM INTERNATIONAL explores the human condition in an increasingly mechanised world through emotional yet physically intense experiences. Their work Rain Room is in the collection of Jackalope Art Collection Melbourne, and LACMA, having been exhibited under the museum’s historic Art and Technology initiative. The artwork has also been shown at the MoCA Busan (2019), YUZ Museum in Shanghai (2015), the MoMA New York (2013), and London’s Barbican (2012). An edition of Rain Room has become the first permanently installed artwork at the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and is housed in its own building.

 

Dominic Muller (Chair)

Dominic has worked in various roles in the legal field for nearly 15 years in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Professionally his work over this period has primarily focused on financial services regulation and wider compliance issues, although he has simultaneously developed a sustained interest in the ways in which the law and the arts intersect and inform one another. These interests include the practical legal challenges faced by artists, galleries and commissioners; the ways in which financial instruments and technology shape the art market; the intellectual influence of the law on societal understanding of art, among others. Dominic will be exploring these points of convergence between art and the law, and highlighting their practical relevance to art market participants throughout this series.

 

Robert Norton, CEO and co-founder of Verisart

Robert brings more than 25 years of experience in e-commerce, business development and Internet startups. During the last decade, he has focused on the intersection of art and technology. Prior to Verisart, Robert was CEO & Co-founder at Saatchi Art  and Sedition Art.  During his time at Saatchi Art, he completed its $5 million Series A financing in 2010 and led its subsequent restructure and relaunch. Today Saatchi Art is the world’s largest online gallery enabling artists to sell directly to their collectors. He went on to launch Sedition Art, a groundbreaking online platform for collecting digital art supported by the world’s leading contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer and many others. Robert was formerly the Managing Director, North America for King.com between 2006-9 where he forged partnerships with NBC, CBS, Endemol, Reveille, Fremantle Media, Yahoo and RealNetworks. Previous companies include Colorcalm, a DVD label providing ambient content for hotels, hospitals and homes, TVF International, the UK’s largest independent distributor of factual TV programming, and AOL where he served as its first Head of Ecommerce for Europe. Robert holds a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University and briefly worked as a correspondent for Reuters in London and New York upon graduation. He founded Verisart to provide secure certification standards in the art and collectibles market.

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