Wassim Z. Alsindi Ph.D.
Wassim is the founder and creative director of the 0xSalon, which conducts experiments in post-disciplinary collective knowledge practices. A veteran of the timechain, Wassim specialises in conceptual design and philosophy of peer-to-peer systems, on which he writes, speaks, teaches, and consults. He has an editorial column at the MIT Computational Law Report, and he co-founded MIT’s Cryptoeconomic Systems journal and conference series. Wassim has curated arts festivals, led a sculptural engineering laboratory and published experimental music, satirical theatre, fiction, games, poetry, and speculative scripture. Wassim holds a Ph.D. in ultrafast supramolecular photophysics from the University of Nottingham.
Wassim Z. Alsindi, Ph.D.
Wassim is the founder and creative director of the 0x Salon, which conducts experiments in post-disciplinary collective knowledge practices as an event series, residency programme, upstart publisher, and epistemic skunkworks. A veteran of the timechain, Wassim specialises in conceptual design and philosophy of peer-to-peer systems, on which he writes, speaks, teaches, and consults. He has an editorial column at the ‘MIT Computational Law Report’, and he co-founded MIT’s ‘Cryptoeconomic Systems’ journal and conference series. Wassim holds a Ph.D. in ultrafast supramolecular photophysics from the University of Nottingham alongside degrees in chemistry, astrophysics, and finance, and a postdoctoral fellowship in knowledge transfer.
Wassim co-founded a copyleft experimental music record label and event series ‘The Centrifuge’ in 2008, and since 2012 Wassim has irregularly released various kinds of irregular electronic and electroacoustic music. Today these works are being collated and archived as ‘Essential Abstractions’. Between 2012 and 2017, Wassim co-curated the music programme and curated the discourse programme at Norbergfestival in Sweden. Between 2017 and 2019, Wassim clandestinely operated the satirical institution ‘The Byzantine Business School’ which produced text and images critiquing crypto culture. Since 2020, Wassim has written experimental poetry and scripture as part of the ‘Cryptographic Poetics Researchers’ Union’ and solo.
In 2021, Wassim co-created an unscripted radio play ‘Swan Fake’, and developed a discourse card game ‘fau0x Salon’. In 2022, Wassim and the 0x Salon were selected as S+T+ARTS ‘Repairing The Present’ residents at Art Hub Copenhagen, working on a creative programme entitled ‘The Art of Indifference’ probing the implications and externalities of Bitcoin’s proof-of-work. A satirical play ‘The Black Hole of Money’ premiered at the Kulturværftet in Helsingør, Denmark, and an interactive storytelling environment ‘The Immaculate Misconception’ was included in the :REWORLD exhibition at MEET Digital Culture Center in Milan, Italy. Documentation from ‘The Black Hole of Money’ was included in the exhibition :RETOOL at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Wassim is currently working on a project titled ‘Prophet Motives’, investigating imbrications of technology, capital, and divinity. Outputs from the project have taken the form of writings, visual art, music, and sculpture.