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How can a deeper understanding of legal rights and responsibilities assist artists and cultural organisations in forging their agency within the metaverse?

The metaverse – an always-online, persistent, spatial ‘second’ world and an emerging internet megastructure – is a landscape Serpentine Arts Technologies has been interrogating through artistic commissions and culturally-led research and development. Under the leadership of Serpentine Legal Lab’s Principal Investigator, Alana Kushnir, legal issues in the metaverse concerning intellectual property, moral rights and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property are ongoing areas of investigation. Addressing these considerations is key to securing the future roles of both artists and cultural organisations in the metaverse.

Join Arts Technologies Research and Development Strategic Lead, Victoria Ivanova, and Serpentine Legal Lab Principal Investigator and Director of Guest Work Agency, Alana Kushnir for the first Legal Lab Live session as they walk through the key legal definitions and pinch points that artists and creative practitioners should be aware of in order to exercise legal agency in the metaverse. What does it mean to be an ‘author’ in the metaverse? How are licensing arrangements evolving to respond to this new context? How are artists adapting to the shift from ‘analog’ law to tech-driven opportunities?

This event will be streamed live on Thursday 23 June from 13:00 BST/22:00 AEST/09:00 EST in real time. Audience members will be able to ask questions throughout the conversation via our Twitch channel interface.

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This event will have live open captions.

About the Speakers

Alana Kushnir is an art lawyer, advisor and curator based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to being the Principal investigator of the Serpentine Legal Lab, she is the Founder and Director of Guest Work Agency, an art law and advisory practice that provides innovative legal solutions for the art industry. Guest Work Agency is also a curatorial practice, initiating and collaborating on projects, exhibitions and writing at the intersection of art, technology and the law. Alana is also a Board Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and a regular guest speaker and contributing writer on all things art, tech and law.

Victoria Ivanova is Serpentine Arts Technologies’ R&D Strategic Lead. Her core focus is on systemic and infrastructural conditions that shape socio-economic, political and institutional realities. More recently this has included Serpentine Galleries Arts Technologies strategic briefing Future Art Ecosystems 2: Art x Metaverse.

About Arts Technologies

Serpentine Arts Technologies collaborate with artists to generate new understandings and knowledge specific to the advanced technologies that artists are interested in researching and interrogating. The team has two operational areas of focus: commissioning and research and development. These manifest in artist-led projects and the R&D Platform.

About Serpentine Legal Lab

As part of Serpentine Arts Technologies’ R&D Platform, the Legal Lab explores how the law can better support collaborations across art, science and technology. The Lab is a space for investigating legal issues and prototyping accessible legal solutions for the art field. Legal Lab Live is a series of conversations on law and the metaverse presented on Twitch throughout 2022.


The information and material provided as part of this event is of a general nature only and should not be considered legal or financial advice. If you are an artist or cultural organisation entering into the Metaverse we recommend you obtain specific advice from a qualified professional who can take into account your circumstances and particular needs.


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