During Amsterdam Art Week 2021, Upstream Gallery will proudly present a special series of pre-minted "non-fungible tokens" (NFTs) by pioneer Harm van den Dorpel, developed in collaboration with Berlin based NFT platform Folia.
Van den Dorpel's Mutant Garden Seeder consists of 512 generative unique Ethereum tokenised digital artworks: “mutants”. When such a mutant is born, the current state of the Ethereum blockchain is used to generate a chromosome on which the artwork is based. Also after birth, every so many “mined blocks”, there is a small chance the artwork mutates, evolving its visual manifestation.
Although each mutant is mathematically determined by the moment of birth and the history of blockchain transactions that occur after, the device the artwork is viewed on, and the mutations that occurred over the lifespan of a mutant, cause the artwork to develop and render in varying composition, colouring and layering. Each mutant could therefore be considered to be a time-based “responsive painting”.
With this work the artist playfully examines the tension between the new immutability offered by blockchain technology, and the fluid and evolutionary characteristics of a digital artifact.
Mutant Garden Seeder NFT, 2021
NFT, tokenized software edition, mutating over time (ERC721)
Series of 512 unique editions
€ 350,- excl. 21% VAT each
Reserve your token via firstname.lastname@example.orgPublication date: 17 Jun '21