Blockchain Aesthetics At Perfect And Priceless

“Blockchain Aesthetics” in “Perfect and Priceless” at Kate Vass Galerie, Zurich until 11th January 2019. Image courtesy of curator Georg Bak.

The print on the left is forty inches square, and the screen on the right is being driven by a Raspberry Pi 3. In the gallery they are hanging next to John Watkinson’s awesome CryptoPunks prints, so they are in good company.

Here is some media coverage:

https://www.krypto-magazin.de/perfect-priceless-wertesysteme-auf-der-blockchain/

https://www.artnome.com/news/2018/10/26/is-art-blockchains-killer-app

https://medium.com/@cultbytes/perfect-priceless-value-systems-on-the-blockchain-45ee2b3ba36f

https://www.artlog.net/de/kunstbulletin-12-2018/perfect-priceless

https://www.guidle.com/de/veranstaltungen/perfect-und-priceless-value-systems-on-the-blockchain-zuerich_AJF9iTK

https://thecreativecrypto.com/perfect-priceless-exhibition-at-the-kate-vass-galerie/

Contrary to what you might read, I’m still based in Vancouver, not New York.

Perfect and Priceless

“Blockchain Aesthetics” is in the awesome show “Perfect and Priceless” curated by digital art expert Georg Bak at Kate Vass Galerie in Zürich, Switzerland from 16th November 2018 – 11th January 2019.

CryptoPuppers

https://twitter.com/IsDecal/status/1044900069693108229

CryptoPuppers (2018), blockchain-registered gold plated metal cast from 3D printed model, inkjet prints.

This new incarnation of Rob Myers’ classic work “Balloon Dog, Shareable Readymade”, originally commissioned by Furtherfield, comprises an edition of 1000 miniature gold balloon dog sculptures linked to the blockchain. Each handmade version of the 3D printed original is unique in its own way and functions as a non-fungible token.

“Balloon Dog” was originally created as an ephemeral digital file for 3D printing that anyone could use to re-democratise an icon of blue chip contemporary art. It was a post-scarcity commons approach to art that everyone and therefore no-one can own.

In contrast, this is a limited edition of luxurious physical instantiations of the artwork (each with its own own “certificate of inauthenticity” signed by the artist) anchored to the art historical world of provenance and ownership as well as blockchain verifiable value via Arteïa’s collection management system.

From post-scarcity abundance to artificial scarcity and provably rare digital ownership as a way to establish and protect the unique value of artworks. This is a provocation for artists and collectors to engage with new digital critical and financial value in contemporary artworks.

More details from DECAL.

Massive thanks to Dr. Charlotte Frost and Ruth Catlow of Furtherfield for making this happen.

Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

Rob Myers, one of the early adopters of blockchain as an artistic tool, has written: “The ideology and technology of the blockchain and the materials of art history—especially the history of conceptual art—can provide useful resources for mutual experiment and technique.”…

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/artists-as-cryptofinanciers-welcome-to-the-blockchain

Art On The Blockchain Episode 20

https://soundcloud.com/artontheblockchain/episode-20-a-conversation-wrob-myers

Just before Gray Area I was interviewed by the awesome Cynthia Gayton & J Scrilla for the “Art On The Blockchain” podcast.

AOTB has been a big influence on me, my understanding of “rare art” and how tokenization relates to music production both come from the show. So I was a little nervous but Gayton & Scrilla immediately put me at my ease and we had a great conversation.

You can subscribe to Art On The Blockchain through your favourite podcast medium, and I highly recommend doing so.

Secrets

https://www.decentralizedweb.net/secrets/

Sam Hart and Sarah Hamerman curated artworks on the theme of “Secrets” for a show in the OmiseGO Vault in the basement of San Francisco Mint for the Decentralised Web Summit 2018.

This included my new project “Secret Artwork (Content)”, projected onto the metal wall of the Vault. It’s one of the more explicit call-backs to Conceptual Art that I’ve made. A smart contract contains the encrypted description of the artwork’s content and a web-based presentation of that smart contract’s information does everything it can to distract you from the fact that it is not telling you what that content is.

More about it on the project page.

Proof of Work at Schinkel Pavilion

My piece “Secret Artwork (Subject)”, 2018 is in the group show “Proof of Work” curated by Simon Denny in dialogue with Distributed Gallery, Harm van den Dorpel, Sarah Hamerman and Sam Hart, Kei Kreutler, Aude Launay and Anna-Lisa Scherfoseat.

“Proof of Work” is at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin from 8th September to 21st December 2018.

Show website:

https://www.schinkelpavillon.de/exhibition/curated-by-simon-denny-in-dialogue-with-distributed-gallery-harm-van-den-dorpel-sarah-hamerman-and-sam-hart-kei-kreutler-and-aude-launay/

And a news article about it.

https://www.ethnews.com/proof-of-work-exhibit-to-visualize-blockchain-technology

Gray Area and SchellingFlags

I was invited to show something at the 2018 Gray Area Festival, a great Art & Technology event in San Francisco. This year it was on from July 26-29, 2018. I took the opportunity to make something new.

The result was SchellingFlags.

SchellingFlags is the meme of “…but on the blockchain” applied to flags, with a touch of Art & Language and Komar & Melamid. You can find out more about it on the project page. The version shown is from during development, so the last two flags haven’t been voted for and thereby defined yet.

Massive thanks to Gray Area for putting on an awesome event and making my work part of it!

Blockchain Aesthetics: Dogecoin and Ethereum

Two new sets of visualizations to complement the Bitcoin ones: Dogecoin and Ethereum.

You can get them via git, or view them on the Show section of this site.

Slides From My “Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain” Talk at DCTRL

On 6th December 2017 I spoke about the “Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain” book at DCTRL in Vancouver. I was up after the Cryptokitties team, so there was no pressure… I’m grateful to the audience for their insightful questions and discussion, unfortunately the event wasn’t recorded.

Here are the slides for the talk, I’ll be expanding on their themes here soon:

Artists Re-thinking the Blockchain

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