If blockchain continues to serve as a site (and archive) of value generation, off-chain artworks are also likely to undergo a transformation in their meaning.
By appropriating its iconic source material, the project offers a new perspective on historical works of crypto art and the online identities they have spawned.
Instead of owning a single image, the project prescribes a collective ownership structure that offers collectors a wide-ranging view of a celestial body we are told not to look at.
Through their work, these artists conceive of a world transitioning from the liberation of the soul to the possession of the soul.
As a technology, the blockchain drives artists to create systems with the potential to change society. The importance of systems art lies in the fictionality of its systems that nevertheless illuminate possibilities for a different society.
With thanks to Hasaqui Yamanobe.
Yusuke Shono is publisher of Massage Magazine, a media outlet that disseminates information about online culture. He is involved in book and exhibition planning, shedding light on culture yet to be discovered. He is the lead editor of The New Creator Economy (2022), a comprehensive collection of articles and artwork on the subject of NFTs, published by BNN.
A version of this article is available in Japanese via Massage Magazine.