Digital Art, NFT and Art Market

Conferences organized by DANAE.IO | Moderated by Judith Benhamou, founder of Judith Benhamou Reports

Wednesday, September 8 2021 from 2pm to 7pm

Grand Palais Éphémère | Mezzanine du salon Eiffel

Plateau Joffre 75007 Paris

Contemporary art is becoming increasingly digital: video, augmented reality, virtual reality environments, 3D printing, digital photography and digital painting.

How can these artworks, which are by nature duplicable, be sold and valued? What is the future of art? What are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)? What are the new practices of collectors?


2:00 PM press conference

Presentation of the Statue of Equality by Kohei Nawa and DANAE.IO for the Île Seguin.

This monumental work, which rises to 25m, will be accompanied by an educational and democratic augmented reality application

3:00 PM Public art and digital

Kohei Nawa, winning artist of the statue of Equality for the Ile Seguin

José-Manuel Gonçalves, Artistic and Cultural Director of the Grand Paris Express and Director of CENTQUATRE-PARIS

Elise de Blanzy, Director of Culture of the Hauts-de-Seine Department

Roei Amit, CEO of the Grand Palais Immersif

4:00 PM digital: the future of art?

Phoebe Greenberg, Founder and Creative Director, PHI

Sylvain Levy, Co-founder DSLCollection / VR Art village

Pau Waelder, Curator, Writer and Researcher

5:00 PM NFT, a revolution in the art market?

Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Vice-President of Christie’s France

Kamel Mennour, Founder of the Kamel Mennour Gallery

Neil Beloufa, Artist, nominated for the 2015 Marcel Duchamp Prize

Paul Ardenne, Art Historian, Writer and Independent Curator

6:00 PM the case of pace gallery and superblue

Experience feedback and presentation of the NFT platform

Conversation with Carlota Dochao Naveira, Associate Director of Sales and Artist Management at Superblue

Speakers will include

Roei Amit

CEO of the Grand Palais Immersif

Roei Amit is the CEO of Grand Palais Immersif, a subsidiary of the RMN-Grand Palais. With the expertise of this institution, the Grand Palais Immersif is dedicated to the production and diffusion of digital exhibitions on a national and international level.

Roei Amit is renowned as an expert in digital innovation and development. He is also a Doctor of Social Sciences.

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Paul Ardenne

Art historian, Writer and Independent Curator

Professor of History, doctor in Art History, university lecturer (UFR Arts, Amiens), contributor, among others, to the journals Art press, Archistorm (France) and INTER (editorial committee, Canada), Paul Ardenne is the author of several books on current aesthetics: Art, l'âge contemporain (1997), L'Art dans son moment politique (2000), L'Image Corps (2001), Un Art contextuel (2002), Portraiturés (2003) and Art, le présent. Plastic creation at the turn of the 21st century (2009).

He is also a novelist, for example: Belly le Ventre (2016), Roger-pris-dans-la-terre (2017), L'ami du Bien (2020), etc. As a curator of contemporary art, Paul Ardenne has designed multiple exhibitions 'Micropolicies' (Magasin, Grenoble, 2000), 'Experimenting with reality' (Albi-Montpellier, 2001 and 2002) and 'Working Men' (Geneva, 2008), 'La Force de l'art' (Grand Palais, Paris, 2006), 'History is mine! '(Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, festival of contemporary creation, 2012 edition), 'Aqua Vitalis' (with Claire Tangy, Caen, 2013), 'Motopoétique' (MAC Lyon, 2014), 'L'oiseau volé' (Paris, 2014), 'Économie humaine' (HEC Paris, 2014), 'Paradiso Lussemburgo', Pavillon du Luxembourg, Venice Art Biennale (2015), 'NATURA LOCI' (Canada, 2018), 'Humanimalisms' (Paris, 2020), 'Courants verts - Créer pour l'environnement' (Fondation EDF, Paris, 2020), 'L'Anthropocène et après' (Centre des arts, Saint-Denis de la Réunion), 'Ouvrir' (Hybride 4, Lens, 2021), etc.

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Neil Beloufa

Artist, nominated for the 2015 Marcel Duchamp Prize

French-Algerian Neïl Beloufa (b. 985) lives and works in Paris. The artist has spent the last decade reflecting on the challenges of apprehending reality and representing it.

His practice ranges from film to sculpture to installation, and is based on his interest in what actually exists and how it is portrayed. //
© Photo. Thomas Polly

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Judith Benhamou

French journalist, independent Curator and Author, Founder of Judith Benhamou Reports

Recognized as one of the world's leading specialists in the study of the contemporary art market, she tackles the various issues related to this theme throughout the world.

Her approach to the subject is direct and uncensored, passionate and curious. For many years, Judith Benhamou has left a sharp and perceptive analysis of art and its market in various publications such as 'Les Echos' and Judith Benhamou Reports. She is also a curator. She will co curate the exhibition Serra, Seurat : the drawings, in June 2021 at the Guggenheim Bilbao.

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Elise de Blanzy

Director of Culture of the Hauts-de-Seine Department

Elise de Blanzy-Longuet studied criminal law at the University of Panthéon-Assas and graduated from Sciences-Po.

She worked for a long time within the Fimalac group, on projects such as the creation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, the influence of the Chauvet Cave or the emblematic Culture & Diversity Foundation. She is the director of culture for the Hauts-de-Seine department, where she is in charge of implementing the region's cultural policy. Working in the private and public sectors, she promotes a culture that serves the general interest and is a lever for social transformation.

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Carlota Dochao Naveira

Associate Director of Sales and Artist Management at Superblue

Carlota Dochao Naveira is Associate Director of Sales and Artist Management at Superblue. Carlota works closely with the international group of artists that form the Superblue roster, supporting them in all areas of their career, from large-scale public art projects to immersive artistic experiences.

Most recently, she has been leading the development of Superblue's blockchain strategy. In her free time, Carlota started an Instagram account called @blockchain_what to explore how blockchain technology has the potential to transform the creative industries.

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Phoebe Greenberg

Founder and Creative Director, PHI

Phoebe Greenberg has been a pioneer and innovative cultural force in Montreal for over 20 years.

A graduate of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, which places the body, movement and space at the centre of theatrical performance, Phoebe Greenberg moved to Montreal to build something that would reflect her passion for the art.In 2007, she launched DHC/ART (now the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art), a non-profit art foundation without a permanent collection that showcases the work of the most renowned contemporary artists: Marc Quinn, Sophie Calle, Nancy Davenport, Wim Delvoye, John Currin, Christian Marclay, Ryoji Ikeda, Thomas Demand, Joan Jonas, Yoko Ono etc. Phoebe Greenberg returned in 2012 with the Centre PHI, a multidisciplinary artistic hub offering a panorama of emerging ideas. A veritable creative ecosystem, this laboratory at the frontier of genres brings together avant-garde artists from all walks of life: technologists, musicians, directors, chefs, designers, etc.
Located in a heritage building in Old Montreal, the PHI Foundation and PHI Centre are state-of-the-art facilities, as evidenced by the LEED® Gold certification of the PHI Centre. Phoebe Greenberg leads both organizations and brings an artistic vision to the table. It is Greenberg's concern to think about cultural consumption in the digital age that brings new and emerging art forms to audiences here and abroad. 'Culture is vital. Hence the idea of making it as accessible as possible,' she says.Lately, Phoebe Greenberg's inventiveness has been directed towards the production and distribution of extended reality exhibitions at the PHI Centre.
PHI now has significant international exposure through projects such as an exhibition centre on the fringes of the 76th Venice Biennale in Italy, appearances at renowned festivals such as Tribeca and Sundance and with key collaborators such as Felix & Paul Studios. To date, it has transformed no less than five historic buildings, giving them a new lease of life without distorting them. She is participating in the renewal of the district by shaping new vocations and values. Driven first and foremost by her passion for the beauty of the Old Port and her love of the neighbourhood, she was also driven by the deep conviction that everything changes, everything evolves. The district is called upon to transform itself rather than to preserve itself.
Phoebe Greenberg is a Companion of Arts and Letters of Quebec and an Officer of the National Order of Canada.
© Photo. Sean Mollitt

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José-Manuel Gonçalves

Artistic and Cultural Director of the Grand Paris Express and Director of CENTQUATRE-PARIS

After completing his studies in social practice, he started out as a sports trainer, was responsible for a first venue at the age of 21, promoted French culture abroad at the age of 35 and managed a national stage (La Ferme du Buisson) at 38...

It is a singular career path that has led José-Manuel Gonçalvès to the head of one of the most important venues for contemporary art. Director of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS since 2010, Director of Nuit Blanche in 2014 and 2015, curator of numerous exhibitions such as “Paysages Bordeaux” in 2017, “Liberté!” in Bordeaux in 2019 and “Panorama 20” at the Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, the Artistic and Cultural Director of the Grand Paris Express has a protean curiosity. In his image, the CENTQUATRE-PARIS is an infinite place of art, culture and innovation.
© Photo. Jean-François Spricigo

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Sylvain Levy

Co-founder DSLCollection / VR Art village

Dominique and Sylvain Levy are the founders of DSLCollection, a major collection of Chinese contemporary art.

Founded in 2005, DSLCollection fosters the discovery of Chinese contemporary art. The duo uses innovative technologies to promote greater visibility and provide the means to share contemporary art. Openness, nomadism and sharing are fundamental concepts of DSLCollection. Far from objecting to the alliance of art, DSLCollection's projects, under the direction of Karen Levy, takes a big step towards cultural democratization through new technologies and new forms of artistic experiences. From Second Life to video games, Dominique and Sylvain Levy test all the media at their disposal to create new forms of mediation.

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Pierre Martin-Vivier

Vice President at Christie's France

After a doctorate in art history, Pierre Martin-Vivier began his career as a teacher at the Sorbonne. Author of several reference books on Jean Royère and Jean-Michel Frank, and numerous articles related to Design, he is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Design.

He joined Christie's in 2010 as a specialist in 20th-century art and is now Vice President of Christie's France. Pierre Martin-Vivier has been responsible for numerous record sales of post-war artists and the dispersal of several significant collections over the past ten years. Playing a key role in the private sales department in Paris, he advises art lovers and helps them build their collections.

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Kamel Mennour

Founder of the Kamel Mennour Gallery

The Gallery owner Kamel Mennour is one of the most influential figures in the French contemporary art scene. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Kamel Mennour Gallery highlights French and international artistic diversity through the works of established and emerging talents.

The gallery counts among its leading artists: David LaChapelle, Daniel Buren, Camille Henrot, Huang Yong-Ping, Larry Clark and Anish Kapoor. //
© Photo. Martin Parr

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Kohei Nawa

Winning artist of the statue of Equality for the Ile Seguin

Kohei Nawa is a Japanese contemporary artist, born in 1975 in Osaka. He now lives in Kyoto, where he teaches at the University of Art and Design.

Through his works, he explores the perception of virtual and physical space. He examines the relationship between the natural and the artificial, between the individual and the whole, illustrating how parts aggregate together - like cells - to create complex and dynamic structures. His work can be found in the collections of the museum of contemporary art in Tokyo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne, among others.

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Pau Waelder

Curator, Writer and Researcher

Curator, writer and researcher specialized in contemporary art and digital media. PhD in Information and Knowledge Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Adjunct lecturer at the UOC, as well as in postgraduate courses at ESDi and NODE Curatorial Studies Online. Senior Curator at Niio, a platform for curated video and digital art. His work explores the different aspects of the interaction between art, technology and society, as well as the relationship between digital art and the art market. He is the author of the book on contemporary and digital art collecting You Can Be A Wealthy/ Cash-Strapped Art Collector In The Digital Age (Printer Fault Press, 2020).

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Grand Palais Éphémère

Plateau Joffre

75007 Paris

>Métro : ligne 8, station École Militaire

>RER : ligne C, station Champ-de-Mars - Tour Eiffel

>Bus : lignes 28, 80, 82 86 et 92, station École Militaire

>Station Vélib : n°7 111 - École Militaire - Place Joffre