BANZ & BOWINKEL - Mercury I 04, 2016-2017
BANZ & BOWINKEL - Mercury I 04, 2016-2017
BANZ & BOWINKEL - Mercury I 04, 2016-2017
BANZ & BOWINKEL - Mercury I 04, 2016-2017

BANZ & BOWINKEL - Mercury I 04, 2016-2017

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NFT
CG HD Loop
Edition: 1/3 + 2 AP

The sculpture MERCURY (2016) by the German artist collective Banz & Bowinkel is falling apart and reassembling in a loop. The constantly bursting sculpture is a symbol for systems that renew themselves through self-destruction.

Mercury is the Roman god of trade and merchants, but also of thieves and financial gain. New technologies such as blockchain and new currencies such as Bitcoin promise transparency and independence through decentralization. Trading in crypto currencies, on the one hand, is reminiscent of a game of chance due to its high volatility, in the darknet, on the other hand, crypto currencies are used because of the anonymity of their owners. So old problems appear in a new guise.

Digital material is also exchangeable and freely available. With two clicks, by drag and drop, marble becomes silver and silver becomes plastic. And a 3D scan of an 18th century sculpture is one click away from a web portal like Turbosquid.

Source: 3D Scan of the statue MERCURY (marble) by Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) 

Lincolnshire County Council, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK

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