Thirteenth episode of TECHnique podcast focuses on Blockchain
Create Hub’s November episode of its TECHnique podcast is about Blockchain, featuring an interview with Shaun Miller about his art, portraits, entrepreneurship and Blockchain.
TECHnique is a podcast which includes conversations with artists about how they are using technology. The previous episodes of TECHnique have covered artistic topics, including: Interactive Plays, Art Practice, Gaming, Small Business, TwitterBots, Death of Painting, Future of Love, Sound Design, Dementia, Broadcasting, Digital Storytelling and Magic.
The new episode, called ‘Blockchain and Art’, is a discussion about Shaun Miller’s process of creating portraits while at school, before deciding that he didn’t have the time or motivation to create art while at university. Instead, while at university, he worked on a number of startup ideas. Now, he finds himself focused on creatively solving problems that he feels could be solved by a technology called Blockchain.
Shaun Miller on art, portraits and blockchain
While reflecting on why he stopped painting, Shaun Miller explains in the podcast that, ‘I loved the craft aspect but I wasn’t, at that time, great at the “thinking” part of it.’ He explains that he did not know what to paint, so felt that the only option was to ask others for suggestions. Yet, that process did not feel authentic or fulfilling. However, the process of learning to paint was useful for Shaun and also helped him understand and to become comfortable with himself through his teenage years.
In terms of his own startup ideas, Shaun says that ‘By common success metrics they have all been failures’ and that ‘I have definitely failed more in this career than I needed to have done, yet I still want to keep on doing that. Which is totally bonkers.’ Throughout the podcast, he and Samuel Fry share their experiences of feeling the need to keep creating and solving problems.
The pair finish the podcast by talking more specifically about the problems that could be solved by Blockchain technologies, such as access to food, drink and shelter.