MakerSpace at ETHDenver 2021

Jessica Angel
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8 min readJan 30, 2021


What is the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is an initiative born at ETHDenver 2018 in response to a collective interest in experimenting with art and technology and enable the creation and exploration of art through the lens of blockchain.

Virtual MakerSpace and ETHDenver; Adopting a New Online, and Interactive Format

This year the event is going virtual through a VR platform called Gamerjibe, the MakerSpace will be featured inside a virtual room where we will be able to replicate human interactions in the most possible and accurate way.

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MakerSpace Livestream — Program of Activities

Friday Feb 5th — 11AM -11:45 AM MT

MakerSpace Kick Off
Format: Team Building and Networking with Jessica Angel

ETH Denver Art Steward Jessica Angel will present the MakerSpace program and walk through the space introducing the participating projects. She will assist hackers and artists to understand their possibilities with the projects at the MakerSpace and will facilitate the necessary introductions for participants to engage with the presenting projects.


Friday Feb 5th. 12:00-12:20 PM MT

AI // Error Art Experiments With Mattia Cuttini
Format: Workshop / Demo

Italian artist Mattia Cuttini will present a workshop / demo in the relationship between technological error and art. At the forefront of cryptography, Cuttini’s art practice usually results from a sequence of interventions that vary in complexity. Aiming to mold the artificial into the natural, and distort or transform the natural into the artificial, the artist uses the AI tool as a companion, and seeks error from the computer whose objective is to mirror outputs from inputs.


Friday Feb 5th. 12:30-12:50 PM MT

A New Normality: Animation series by J’erre
Format: Fireside Chat with Jessica Angel and J’erre (Spanish and English, aka Spanglish)

Argentinian artist J’erre, presents a series of 10 short animations progressively developed throughout 2020. These works address the complexities of human behavior when subjected to extreme circumstances such as what is happening with COVID-19 worldwide. Interestingly, the Virtual ETHDenver event celebrates the advances of technologies that allow us to still gather while being distanced, yet, this feature will take us back to reality and remind us of the very psychological impact behind this crisis.


Saturday Feb 6th — 3PM — 4PM MT

An Introduction to Blockchain Art
Format: Meetup hosted by and sponsored by the Maker Foundation

Learn more about, BlockArt NFTs, blockchain deterministic generative art you create, and BlockStyle NFTs, dynamic, animated and interactive creative coding demos using Ethereum block data. Hosted by Adrian le Bas
Sponsored by the Maker Foundation


Saturday Feb 6th. 4:00-5:00PM MT

Artifacts of the Metaverse
Format: Cryptovoxels Walkthrough led by Annie Phillips.

When traveling through various dimensions one needs anchors to remind them what reality they are in. In this curatorial approach, artists have submitted works imagining ancient civilizations and future societies. Join this walk through to learn about the auction pieces and visit ETHDenver’s Art Gallery at Cryptovoxels.


Sunday Feb 7th. 9AM-11AM MT

The Art of Chaos
Format: Workshop by Bruno Skvorc from

NFTs are the name of the game in 2021, and we are bringing them to Kusama. But not before we go through a brief history of NFTs, including how they work. We’ll then go through a hands-on demo of creating your own account on Kusama and even minting some NFTs.
Activity incentives and prizes: Attendees will receive proof-of-participation NFTs.


Monday Feb 8th. 3PM -5PM MT

Databending for All
Format: Workshop led by Claudia Pawlak and “New World” Contest winners announcement

Editing photography or digital art doesn’t always require expensive software. All the tools you need to create unique “glitch” art come pre-installed in your computer! Create glitch photography using only text editing software like NotePad or TextEdit, and make distinctive works of manipulated photography with simple databending.

Incentives and prizes: $700 USD in prizes for the Ephimera “New World” contest. Accepting applications until Feb 4th 2021


Tuesday Feb 9th. 9:00-9:50AM MT

NFT and Augmented Reality Art in the Public Space
Format: Conversation led by Natalia Lebedinskaia and Spheroid Universe

This discussion on Augmented Reality art brings the AR blockchain Project Spheroid Universe to reflect upon the benefits for artists to display tokenized art using AR technologies. Focusing on both NFT art and AR art on public spaces, Natalia Lebedinskaia will reference Voxel Bridge by Jessica Angel and a variety of projects exploring the city as a canvas for public enjoyment of this innovative and mesmerizing tool to intervene in the public space.


Tuesday Feb 9th. 10:00-10:50 AM MT

Visual Positioning System in AR: Ten Artists, Ten Cities
Format: Technical Demonstration

The Speroid Universe team will do a technical demonstration on how the AR works by ten artists selected via open call for ETHDenver will be positioned in ten different cities for AR viewing on-site.
Visual Positioning System allows devices to virtually localize surroundings in a map. It uses multiple images of the surrounding environment for creating a 3D environment.


Wednesday Feb 10th. 3:00–5:00 PM MT

Blockchain Arcade
Format: Demo by Austin Griffith

Superphiz, Unvetica, and Austin Griffith get together to jam on #Ethereum gaming!

They’ll share the games they love and what makes them awesome. They will explore collectibles, sidechains, and hats on planets! #DarkForest #EthereumGaming


Thursday Feb 11th — 9AM -11AM MT

NFTs 101: Ultimate Wiki on NFTs and the Future of Digital Ownership
Format: Demo and Workshop by Masha Vyazemskaya and Alex Salnikov (Rarible co-founder)

During these two hours, mint your NFTs & discover art on Rarible. The workshop will show the ins and outs of the platform Rarible followed by an AMA session. Two live chat sessions with Rarible’s CTO Eugene Nacu and community manager Ethan van Ballegooyen will take place at the bean bags in the MakerSpace

Activity incentives and prizes: Up to $1000 USD in minting fees for participants.


Friday Feb 12th — 6PM -8PM MT

Decentralized Dance Party
Format: Live party, active dancing and DJing by Gary Lachance

Our goal is to further the frontiers of Partying, bring joy to millions of people and ensure that Partying is respected, legitimized, and forever enshrined as a cultural institution of paramount importance.Together, we will launch a new era of free and democratic Open-Source Partying.



Wednesday Feb 10th 2:40 PM— 3:10 PM MT

Decentralized Art and Culture in the Virtual Realm
Format: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jessica Angel
Panelists: Annie Phillips, Bruno Skvorc, Gary Lachance, and JJ Laxton

Wednesday Feb 10th 5 PM -7 PM MT

Exquisite Corpse; Graffitiing the Virtual Space
Format: Live painting inside a VR space by Nikita Voo Khudiakov

As an open activity, all ETHDenver members are invited to draw and freely tag the wall of this open VR space available to all on any desktop browser. This collective drawing will gather the memories of ETHDenver and the thoughts of its participants into this exquisite corpse of random collective creation.

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List of Participating Projects — MakerSpace by Jessica Angel
#ArtProject is an initiative that brings the art and tech communities to use blockchain as a tool for art production, experimentation, and fundraising.

IRL- Art Auction by Annie Phillips
IRL Art is an ever growing network of experiential artists. We are passionate about community building and artistic sustainability.

Blockchain Arcade
Superphiz, Unvetica, and AustinGriffith get together to jam on #Ethereum gaming! They’’ll share the games they love and what makes them awesome. They will explore collectibles, sidechains, and hats on planets! #DarkForest #EthereumGaming

DDP — Decentralized Dance Party by Gary Lachance
We plan to turn the entire world into a dance floor, unite the world in celebration and win the Nobel Peace Prize for Partying. The Party Revolution needs YOU!

Spheroid Universe AR Art Monitor Magazine
Spheroid Universe is a platform for developing and launching XR projects. The technological basis of the platform is the Spheroid XR Cloud and the Spheroid Script programming language.

Ephimera Databending for All
Ephimera is the first crypto art marketplace dedicated to museum-quality photography and video art, giving lens-based artwork a footing within a new industry.

Kusama Network Next-Generation Digital Art
Kusama Network is the canary network for Polkadot, the next-generation scalable blockchain platform from Parity Technologies.

Rarible Educating Artists on Cryptoart
The first community-owned, creator-centric NFT marketplace with $RARI governance token and reward program for active creators and collectors, Rarible is on a mission to fuel the new type of digital ownership.
Website Deterministic Art Painting
Blockchain art you create, deterministically generated from the Ethereum blockchain and your inputs. New crypto native NFT primitives for the crypto art world.