Proof of Work

Proof of Work Blockchain Provocations 2011-2021 - Urbanomic / Art Editions

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DAO? BTC? NFT? ETH? ART? WTF? HODL as OG crypto artist, writer, and hacker Rhea Myers searches for faces in cryptographic hashes, follows a day in the life of a young shibe in the year 2032, and patiently explains why all art should be destructively uploaded to the blockchain. Now an acknowledged pioneer whose work has graced the auction room at Sotheby's, Myers embarked on her first art projects focusing on blockchain tech in 2011, making her one of the first artists to engage in creative, speculative, and conceptual engagements with "the new internet." Proof of Work brings together annotated presentations of Myers's blockchain artworks along with her essays, reviews, and fictions-a sustained critical encounter between the cultures and histories of the artworld and crypto-utopianism, technically accomplished but always generously demystifying and often mischievous. Her deep understanding of the technical history and debates around blockchain technology is complemented by a broader sense of the crypto movement and the artistic and political sensibilities that accompanied its ascendancy. Remodelling the tropes of conceptual art and net.art to explore what blockchain technology reveals about our concepts of value, culture, and currency, Myers's work has become a required viewing for anyone interested in the future of art, consensus, law, and collectivity.

Book information

ISBN: 9781915103048
Publisher: Urbanomic Media
Imprint: Urbanomic
Pub date:
DEWEY: 776.092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 730g
Height: 190mm
Width: 250mm
Spine width: 22mm