Interactional Aesthetics of Blockchain Technology

  • Michael HeidtEmail author
  • Andreas Bischof
  • Arne Berger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11588)


Blockchain technology holds the potential of facilitating fundamentally novel ways for users to relate to systems of finance, governance, and identity management. At the same time, the inherent complexity of blockchain systems makes designing for and interacting with the technology profoundly challenging. Furthermore, the question of how social interactions will change under the influence of Blockchain systems remains an open one. In this paper we examine how concepts and procedures adopted from interaction aesthetics can serve as an intellectual and methodological lens to creatively and critically examine the emerging technology of the Blockchain.


Aesthetics Blockchain Smart contracts Critical technical practice Interactional aesthetics 



This work was supported in part by the Andrea von Braun Foundation, Munich, under the grant “Blockchain – A Practice-Based Inquiry Into a Future Agent of Social Transformation”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GeDISUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Chair Media InformaticsChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany

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