Time may be currency, but for 0xDEAFBEEF, it’s raw material. The generative artist, in his short yet rich career, has worked with time-based media from sound to animation, while exploring ways to on-chain these multimedia concepts. His latest collection continues in the same vein, but also, reaches back through the eras to revisit a pioneering artwork that similarly bottles time.
0xDEAFBEEF is the sixth artist to participate in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s ongoing blockchain series, Remembrance of Things Future. Created in partnership with Web3 consultancy Cactoid Labs, the initiative asks digital creators to produce new work that reinterprets art and objects in the museum’s collection. Its first iteration featured artists including Ix Shells, Emily Xie, and Sarah Zucker.
For his turn, 0xDEAFBEEF picked as his touchstone Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century studies of human and animal motion. Through the ages, these groundbreaking sequential images have furthered scientific understanding and photographic techniques and for 0xDEAFBEEF offered “a wealth of themes and historical context.”
After diving into the life and legacy of Muybridge (“the maverick eccentric”), 0xDEAFBEEF has conceived a two-part project titled Noumenon and Chronophotograph, released on May 1 and May 4, respectively. Both are the products of the artist’s attempts to “draw connections between photography and blockchain as time-based mediums.”
The first, Noumenon, is a 16-part generative series of audiovisual works, in which abstract, origami-esque figures flit about what looks like a distressed film cel. A chorus of synth squibs accompanies the black-and-white animation, underscoring 0xDEAFBEEF’s signature synthesis of sound and moving image. “Noumenon is meant to represent the unknowable reality beyond the capacity of our senses—how to communicate that in a sensuous way?” he explained. “Sound in combination with movement is a powerful medium in which to convey a feeling.”
Chronophotograph serves as a companion piece that collects “metaphorical observations” of a Noumenon. In other words, one could think of the Noumenon as an object and Chronophotograph as a camera’s eye. Using a special blockchain transaction called “releaseShutter,” collectors can capture a sequential chronophotographic record of a Noumenon—much like how Muybridge photographed a horse in motion—which will be minted as a token on the blockchain.
An owner of a Noumenon token can delegate an individual to activate the “releaseShutter” function, which will then list the delegate’s address on the blockchain as the “photographer” of the Chronophotograph. Such interactivity, said 0xDEAFBEEF, expands the use of NFTs beyond that of “an ownership tracking mechanism.”
Not that you or your delegate can hit “releaseShutter” an endless amount of times though: a “time lock” ensures that collectors have to wait a block of time, 12 seconds, before they can create another Chronophotograph. That time block then doubles between Chronophotographs, so that eventually, you’re going to be waiting a day, then two days, and then months, years, and millennia before you can do the next one, said 0xDEAFBEEF.
Time, though, observed or unobserved, keeps chugging on.
According to https://news.artnet.com/market/0xdeafbeef-lacma-cactoid-labs-noumenon-chronophotograph-2294734
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