Thanks so much Ruth! It feels indeed as though I’ve reached a new level of self-fulfilment in my practice lately. I used to worry that meant it was self-indulgent, but now I realise that it’s more likely to mean that the work is life-affirming in some way, and that new framework seems to mesh with the feedback I’ve been getting. Beauty can be radical!

The Peng action was interesting. As I understand it’s wrapping up now, and they (predictably) didn’t realise the full 400,000 Euro required to buy golden visas for the Syrian family they’re working with, but they did raise 100K! I believe they are now working with the family to determine the best course of action - can the money be used to bring them into the EU some other way or will it be donated to non profit organisations for the benefit of refugees in the camps. It’s quite a staggering sum, all from digital artworks. Unthinkable a few years ago.



On 2. Nov 2021, at 11:52, Ruth Catlow <> wrote:

Gretta I just lost half an hour swimming through your recent work - it seems suddenly to have taken on a whole new life and it is so good for the eyes and heart. Just wish that I could see the exhibitions in the flesh (and textiles). The gif you have created is great too!
I'm dead curious to hear how it goes with Penk. It's hard to gauge exactly what the true mission of the project is from afar (which, knowing Penk, has to be deliberate). Would love a report from the ground about the whole experience!

And it is a real thrill that Urbanomic is publishing this book of all of Rhea's mindbendingly great writing, and that so much of it had it's first home with Furtherfield : )

: D


On Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 6:01 PM Gretta Louw via NetBehaviour <> wrote:
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. 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 <> wrote:

Proof of Work 

Blockchain Provocations 2011–2021

  • Paperback
  • 250×190mm
  • 220pp
  • Colour illustrations
  • Jun 2022
  • ISBN 978-1-915103-04-8 

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 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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