Art, Blockchain, Crypto, Decentralized
Art using and/or critiquing contemporary cryptographic currency, asset and smart contract systems.
Aesthetic Governance, 2015-, Ethereum.
Artworld Ethereum, 2014, Ethereum.
Bringing the history of (conceptual) art and the ideology of Smart Contracts together to mutually inform and critique each other.
DEMODAY, 2017, CounterParty Token.
The first show-specific cryptotoken, for the show “Demo Day” at Kunstraum LLC.
Disrupting artistic critique with cryptographic asset tokens.
Dogecode, 2014, Python code and Dogeparty tokens.
A system for storing and executing programs in the “Brainfuck” programming language on the Dogeparty blockchain. Amaze.
Art Coins (Coloured), 2015, Dogeparty tokens.
Making the idea of art ownable as tokens.
MYSOUL, 2014, Counterparty and Dogeparty assets.
I have placed my soul on the blockchain, representing it as a cryptographic asset token.
Very obviously adapted from MTAA’s “Simple Net Art Diagram“.
Proof Of Existence, 2014, Bitcoin Transaction.
Proving that things exist by placing them into Bitcoin’s cryptographic ledger. Like my genome…
Crypto Sigils, 2014, various digital media.
Chaos magick cryptography.
Making the flow of Bitcoin’s transactions more accessible by visualizing them in realtime as aesthetics (and words) rather than numbers.
Securing cryptocurrency by searching for faces in the clouds of its data.
Securing cryptocurrency by searching for the complete works of Shakespeare.
Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain, 2017, two pieces of writing.
A collection of Essays from Furtherfield and Torque – includes my short story “Bad Shibe” and my essay “Blockchain Poetics” (not available anywhere else!).
Bad Shibe, 2017, novella.
“Such future. Very crypto. Much catastrophe. Wow.” Story by Rob Myers, illustrations by Lina Theodorou, afterword by Ruth Catlow. Available for purchase in hardcopy and to download for free in an electronic version.
Geneses, 2016, poem.
A poem consisting of the genesis block hashes from the hundred cryptocurrencies with the highest market capitalization on January the Second, 2016 encoded as BIP-0039 mnemonics.
Rob Myers brings together the history of conceptual art and the future of Bitcoin-style blockchain technology for what would have been a panel presentation at The White Building for V&A Digital Futures: Money No Object.
With sculptures that sell themselves on eBay and cryptocurrencies for owning GIF images, art is already in the era of smart contracts. It’s time to use the same technology to solve the crisis of art cirticism. Are you ready for the Accelerationist future of critique on the blockchain?
“Computers and Capital: The Rise of Digital Currency” at Coinfest 2014 in Vancouver and online is a net art exploration of Bitcoin. Rob Myers takes a look at how the artists involved rise to the task of visualising the social and technical complexities of the popular but troubled cryptocurrency.