BiA - Blockchains in Action

Finished after Phase I.

Photo © César Escudero Andaluz, Martín Nadal.
Starting grant for M.A. Ronja Trischler at the CRC "Media of Cooperation", 2018–2019
How does a distributed ledger become a medium? Why do people count on blockchain as a future technology? Our research project does not answer these questions on an abstract level. We rather aim to explore the development and operating of blockchain infrastructure on site. Initially, we conduct interviews with stakeholders working on applications for payment systems and the Internet of Things.

Blockchains in Action assumes that development and transformation processes can be observed in local material practices of cooperation. We understand blockchains as infrastructural and public media. Their capacities for mediation only become observable in practice, which we approach through a combination of ethnography and media theory.