A question that has been increasingly circulating the art and blockchain community is “what is crypto art?” At New Art Academy’s NYC ArtTech + Blockchain Connect in October, the question was asked how do we define “crypto art”. For some, it is using the technology as a medium the way an artist might sculpt in clay or paint in oils. For others, it is about creating art that examines or represents blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In this post, we highlight artists doing both and see how artists continue to play a crucial role in communicating the latest in technology to the public. Each artist infuses humanity and accessibility into their works; two things that complex technology often lack.
Well known in the crypto space for his works Forever Rose, Yellow Lambo and I am a coin, Kevin Abosch is taking on his latest blockchain venture with world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. A recurring theme in his works, Abosch explores human value through blockchain technology; the irony likely not lost on anyone.
In their new works together, titled Priceless, the two friends spent time together engaging in human to human experiences, like sharing tea, and tokenized their priceless moments. Different wallet addresses hold ERC20 tokens that represent the moments shared between two friends, and through this the artists allow one to “buy” their priceless memories and time spent together. Abosch says this about the project:
“I have been using blockchain addresses as proxies to distill emotional value for some time now, and with Weiwei we “tokenized” our priceless shared moments together. Some of these moments on the surface might seem banal while others are subtly provocative.”
Both artists’ fascination with human identity and value have married in this project where human value is directly transformed into a commodified asset. Abosch and Weiwei confront the viewer with the irony that through blockchain technology we are able to turn priceless, human moments into assets and sell them for varying prices.
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