Aiwen Yin


Can Web 3.0 technology help socially-engaged art become sustainable?

Aiwen Yin is a designer, theorist, educator, strategist and project developer, who uses writing, system design, institutional practice and community building to examine the social impact of planetary communication technologies. She advocates relationship-centered design as a strategy to redesign, re-engineer and reimagine technology and society. Yin obtained a MFA degree from the Design department of Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and a BFA in Visual Communication from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She is leading the Situated Design pathway of the Master Institute of Visual Cultures. She founded Stichting NextKin which researches and develops future-proof social support systems based on long-term mutual caring relationships. In 2019, Yin won the INFORM prize for Conceptual Design.


My project addresses questions such as the challenges faced by socially-engaged art projects when attempting to transition to a self-sustained structure, how digital native communities use Web 3.0 to organize, and the benefits and limits to use Web 3.0 to support socially-engaged art transition. Many artistic projects rely on art institutions to carry out financing, organizational, and maintenance labor during the inception period, and when the institution’s support approaches an end, these projects, especially those of collective nature often lack the tangible experience to transition to a sustainable, self-organized structure that allows the art to continue. Together with Documenta Institute (Kassel, DE), Casco Art Institute (Utrecht, NL) and Framer Framed (Amsterdam, NL), I will explore the possibilities of using smart contracts and DAO as a set of transitional tools to help community projects and artist collectives to transit to a self-sustained structure.