[NetBehaviour] Soooooo This Is Happening… 😺

Gretta Louw gretta.elise.louw at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 18:00:36 CEST 2021

Congratulations, Rhea! Sounds amazing! Do send out a reminder once the book actually becomes available, I didn’t see a link to pre-order it.

I’ve been watching the blockchain stuff almost exclusively from the sidelines the last year or so, but recently donated a work to this charity sale / performative action by Peng! Collective. https://www.goldennft.art/de <https://www.goldennft.art/de> The basic premise is using the financial power of the NFT market for progressive political causes; selling NFTs (some original, some algorithmically produced mash-ups) with the goal of buying a golden visa for a refugee family. I have complex feelings about it.

Hope you’re well,


> On 28. Oct 2021, at 04:51, Rhea Myers via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
> Proof of Work 
> Blockchain Provocations 2011–2021
> Paperback
> 250×190mm
> 220pp
> Colour illustrations
> Jun 2022
> ISBN 978-1-915103-04-8
> https://www.urbanomic.com/book/proof-of-work/ <https://www.urbanomic.com/book/proof-of-work/> 
> 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’.
> This anthology brings together annotated presentations of Myers’s blockchain artworks along with her essays, critiques, 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.
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