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Markov's Dream

Harm van den Dorpel
Launched: 1 May
Markov's Dream

Harm van den Dorpel’s Markov’s Dream consists of 32 generative unique Ethereum tokenized digital artworks (ERC721), which are gradually released over time. Each unique token is animated, colored and nested, as a ‘setting’ of a computer program created by the artist. The first 20 tokens are consigned to Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle Munich and Upstream Gallery Amsterdam. The last 12 tokens will be offered by Folia.

Markov’s Dream is a response to the phenomenon of computers becoming platforms for humans who become tools in the profit sequestration chain. In effort to make the UX more metaphorically connected with human bodies, which have no hard edges, software like MacOS is to some extent rounded and ‘organicised’. Inspired by these shapes, Markov’s Dream shows impure circles or rounded squares in a dream space.

The animated artworks are indefinitely mutating and evolving, what challenges us to look differently at art as a medium. Sometimes parameters of the animations are fixed, sometimes they are fed with random numbers. As parameters are informed by these undetermined random numbers (comparable to throwing a die), the chance the generative process will repeat an image is close to zero. It will forever bring about new unpredictable compositions. This is in strong contrast with, for example, video art, which often depends on a predefined order of appearance, a beginning, and an end.

The artist elaborates and fine-tunes the algorithm and its variables. With each significant discovery in this process, he ‘freezes’ it as a token and adds it to the collection. The artwork therefore documents the trajectory of the development of a generative body of work. Because of this, the gradual birth of the tokens will illustrate the artists own artistic development while creating the remaining tokens. The artist wants to decide for himself what the value of each parameter should be, to research how much peripheral meaning he can extract from one algorithm, and tame entropy.

Visit the website made by the artist for more detailed information about the different animated tokens, the process of creation and see the tokens live.

The price per artwork is €10.000 (incl. VAT). It is also possible to pay in Ethereum. Send an e-mail for an update on available tokens.

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