Fernis is an ecosystem centered around artworks and information related to art. Everyting will be handled on one platform where artworks will get a digital ID to which documents, provenance, authenticity stamps and more can be added.
On the platform users can have information about artworks verified by professionals. Several applications will be build on top of the platform to suit the needs of galleries, collectors or other actors in the industry.
Fernis is for the art world and all of its stakeholders – professionals as well as private individuals. If you are in the possession of an artwork or work professionally with art and want it to be safe for the future, Fernis is for you.
Fernis was initiated because of the challenges we have met in today's art industry. We have seen the dilemma of lost art certificates, missing provenance documents, inadequate exhibition registrations, and daily burdenings such as registration work on different platforms.
As the blockchain technology evolved, we saw a match between artwork data and the decentralized ledger technology. With blockchain, it's possible to create a tamper-free system, which can solve a lot of challenges, storing all information about an artwork securely in one place.
The Fernis protocol will constitute a complete registry of art with a lot of important data. We believe that Fernis shouldn’t be controlled or administered by a single central entity – it should be evolved and controlled broadly by the art industry to secure commercial and financial independency.
The best way to do this is by establishing a Consortium consisting of independent stakeholders representing the art industry as a whole. Galleries, artists, art fairs, finance and insurance companies, logistics and more are all invited to take part in the Consortium. The Consortium will determine the direction and future development of Fernis. The Consortium will continuously accept new members and evolve over time.
Read more about the Consortium here.
We are aware that the art world is already plagued by registration work. Fernis is different, because it will be an ecosystem where stakeholders can share data with each other. When an artwork is registered by the gallery, the data will be transferred to the buyer, who doesn’t have to enter the data again. When an artist’s CV is updated, it can be shared with the gallery, who will have a continuously updated CV.
Fernis will provide many kinds of management tools where different functions will interact with the same data protocol. The double-registration dominating the art world will be minimized as one data registry will serve several purposes.
Together, we can improve the status quo in the art world. Thus, we encourage you to adopt our system despite some registration work in the beginning.
Artworks will be verified by professional users on our platform. It is up to the owner of an artwork to get an authenticity signature added to the artwork’s digital ID.
Primary market artworks can be authenticated by verified artists or their representing gallery while artworks already in circulation must be vetted by trusted experts. When professionals verify an artwork’s authenticity, they publicly for its genuineness.
When a user signs up as a professional, the user will go through a manual verification process.
Fernis should be a trustful system that can outlive ourselves. Therefore, we use blockchain technology to store artworks’ key data.
(Blockchain technology enables us to create a continual, digital artwork registry on a secure, tamper-free and decentralized ledger.) With Fernis, the art world will have the benefits of cutting-edge technology on a user-friendly platform.
We take your privacy seriously. As insiders of the art world ourselves, we know that privacy and anonymity are essential parameters. An artwork will never be publicly linked to its owner or a collection. For more information about our data policy, click here.