When we started Async Art, we had hopes that our platform would work with artists all over the world and be used in multiple art projects. What we didn’t expect was that in a span of 8 months, our technology would be center-stage alongside some of the world’s most radical and extraordinary artworks at Christie’s New York.
Why is this important?
Christie’s, founded in 1766, is the world’s leading auction house, with locations in over 10 locations. This is the first time in history that an NFT is being sold by any major auction house. A first for not only programmable artwork made exclusively on Async Art, but also for the cryptoart scene as a whole.
What Is The Artwork?
Robert Alice’s Portraits of a Mind is a native physical artwork, split into 40 blocks, that transcribes the entire original code of Bitcoin. The artwork is a physical embodiment of decentralization - with the first 20 Blocks now sold they are located in 14 cities across 3 continents. Block 21 is the exclusive programmable NFT compiled and minted on our platform that forms part of the work that will be auctioned off on Oct 7th.
How Does It Work?
The NFT is programmed to change based on any timezone around the world and switches between a distinctive day and night state at 8am/7pm EST everyday. Currently in New York, once the work is decentralised it can be changed to whichever timezone the future collector is in.
4 Interesting Facts About This Async Collaboration
- Portraits Of A Mind is a portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto. Encased in their code, the work itself is physically decentralised,, Robert Alice intentionally leaves a void as a symbol of the elusive nature of identity in our newly decentralised pseudonymous age.
- The work draws from the history of art, particularly the work of 1960’s conceptualists such as like Roman Opalka, On Kawara, Jasper Johns.
- Drawing on the aesthetics of cuneiform tablets and ancient steles, the representation of the code recalls both the visual qualities of historical documents and recasts Satoshi Nakamoto’s original code as a Rosetta Stone for the contemporary period.
- Clusters of golden digits stick out amidst a sea of code, a metaphor for the precious nature of Bitcoins: past, present, and future. These digits are algorithmically found, and themselves form a set of coordinates, each unique to the painting.
We’re proud and excited to present this once-in-lifetime collaboration to the cryptoart and mainstream audience. The auction will be hosted at Christie’s on Oct 7th at 2pm EST, stay tuned on our Twitter or Discord for more details.