On Abuse of Power and Power of the Collective

Written by
Lisa Liang

On Abuse of Power and Power of the Collective

Written by
Lisa Liang

On Abuse of Power and Power of the Collective

Written by
Lisa Liang

With the recent current events, the internet is starting to become a more powerful platform for the masses and to unveil the corruption of those in power.

In “th3N3twørk” by artist CIVIT, we see a colorful collage of faceless figures. From a woman taking a selfie, to a couple who fluctuates from being loving to being bored of each other. There’s several other familiar internet personalities one can discern from the crowd: the attention-seeking Armand, the “look at what my child can do” feeds, and two fighting dogs which can very well represent the two opposite spectrums of our political environment. It can also be a reference to the purebred “haves” vs the mixed mutt “have nots”.

CIVIT calls out the awkward situations, the broken hearts, and the sad people in his promo trailer. In the end, we can only wonder what these figures represent, and we’d love to hear your interpretations in the comments too. “th3N3twørk” is available for bidding and its auction schedule is also posted below.

Another piece that also calls out to the power of a collective is Buzz Lightning’s “Candy Girl”. With a nostalgic call out to PEZ candy dispensers and the gone days of cigarette girls, this eclectic piece echoes the ongoing debate of fiat vs cryptocurrency that is present in so much of modern cryptoart.

The whole ethos of cryptocurrency is how it is decentralized and upheld by the power of the collective. Within “Candy Girl”, we see several references to that ideal within the background Layers, where fiat is constantly monitored and the elite claims that their money is better than the masses.

When the artist chose to juxtapose that with a central character whose head is interchangeable between Satoshi, Andreas, a vintage candy girl, as well as Anonymous, there’s definitely a deeper message for the viewer.

The Master for “Candy Girl” was quickly snatched up by Snowcrash less than 24 hours of the piece going live in our Async gallery. The rest of the Layers are still available and the auctions for those are listed in the schedule below.

Last, but definitely not least, we have “Rot in Hell” by VJEntter. His first piece on Async is heavily inspired by the last interactive video game his team developed. Watch the trailer to learn more about this novel gaming experience.

“Rot In Hell” has very similar elements, with the Tomato Hits Layer being able to change states and move to essentially “hit” the Pope’s face. The protesting crowd have different messages on their placards the owner can flip through, and the sunset backdrop has different colors for different moods.

It’s a very provocative piece. As we reflect on the abuse of power from authority figures, we cannot help but also look at our current global events. When we place someone in power, we are essentially trusting them to provide and make decisions that benefit us as a whole.

When that does not happen, it really is up to the collective masses to draw power from each other and make their voices heard. Whether it be a centralized monetary system, a government, a religion, and even a social network, artists remind us that these institutions are not perfect and should be challenged when something is clearly not working out.

These three Async art pieces will be auctioned off this coming weekend. We’d love to hear any questions for the artists that we can ask them during the event, and we hope to see you all there!