Massimo Franceschet, Giovanni Colavizza, T’ai Smith, Blake Finucane, Martin Lukas Ostachowski, Sergio Scalet, Jonathan Perkins, James Morgan, Sebastián Hernández: Crypto Art: A Decentralized View. August 9th, 2021. Leonardo journal, MIT Press, Oakland, CA (2021) 54 (4): 402–405.
I am excited to announce that our position paper on crypto art, which we wrote in its initial form in 2019, was published by the peer-reviewed journal Leonardo by MIT press.
The paper features the Tokenized Cloud Sphere One (YYZ to MCO) artwork. The supplementary data for online subscribers also features Tokenized Cloud Sphere Four (ORD to MLI) and Tokenized Cloud Sphere Twelve (ATL to YYZ), along with an image of the entire installation of twelve cloud spheres.
Crypto art is limited-edition digital art, cryptographically registered with a token on a blockchain. Tokens represent a transparent, auditable origin and provenance for a piece of digital art, making it unique instead of ubiquitous. Blockchain technology allows tokens to be held and securely traded without the involvement of third parties. Crypto art draws its origins from conceptual art—sharing the immaterial and distributive nature of artworks, the tight blending of artworks with currency, and the rejection of conventional art markets and institutions. The authors propose a collection of viewpoints on crypto art from different actors within the system: artists, collectors, gallerists, art historians and data scientists. A set of emerging themes and open challenges surfaces.
The article is available for purchase at https://www.leonardo.info/journal-issue/Leonardo/54/4.
Leonardo has become the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.