Failsafe Architecture

Failsafe Architecture - New Digital Artwork

Artwork Description: Across the continents, thousands of computers maintain Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer network, a global distribution designed to defy the odds and maintain its integrity under almost all circumstances. The network distributes information continuously across all the computers, or so-called nodes. This vast network maintains and verifies the blockchain independently. Hence, it is resistant to the…

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Engagement Draws Traceability

Preview Engagement Draws Traceability

Artwork Description: An individual transaction is like one square stamp on a sheet of paper filled with square stamps. While each mark is unique, they all appear alike. Cryptographic hashes and smart contracts standardize transactions to look similarly alike, which misleads many newcomers into considering themselves anonymous.  However, with every additional transaction, the boundaries start…

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Social Distance

Social Distance - Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Artwork Description: We live in a new world in which our lives transfer into the cloud continuously. While caution is required to keep private information at arm’s length, we are willingly handing over our data for too many to see, for too many to grab. Photo collage based on photographs of Miami-based photographer Diana (IG:…

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Immutable Node Symphony

Immutable Node Symphony

Artwork Description: The artwork Immutable Node Symphony explores the verification and synchronization process of Bitcoin nodes. Nodes are computers connected to Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer network, while so-called full nodes host and synchronize a copy of the entire Bitcoin blockchain. Every 10 minutes, a new transaction block is created. Once a consensus is reached about the validity of a…

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Touching Clouds

Touching Clouds

Artwork Description: A seemingly monotonous cloud layer seen from below can suddenly turn into a spectacular cloudscape when the plane breaks through it. While some people dread the turbulence of breaking through this layer, it is one of my favourite moments during flights. The clouds fly by at peak velocity and reveal their surfaces before…

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Windows of Opportunity – Two YULDFW

Windows of Opportunity - Two YULDFW

Artwork Description: Blockchain emerges as Bitcoin’s underlying technology and presents itself as an alternative to some flawed yet often unquestioned pillars in our society, one of which is our financial system characterized by high transactional costs and reluctance to innovate. These transactional costs restrict access to billions of people in the world economy. Since their…

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Windows of Opportunity – One YVRYUL

Windows of Opportunity - One YVRYUL

Artwork Description: Blockchain emerges as Bitcoin’s underlying technology and presents itself as an alternative to some flawed yet often unquestioned pillars in our society, one of which is our financial system characterized by high transactional costs and reluctance to innovate. These transactional costs restrict access to billions of people in the world economy. Since their…

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Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity

Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity

Artwork Description: “Remember, remember, the 5th of November.” For hundreds of years, fires have burned as effigies to commemorate the failed Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to overturn the British government by blowing up parliament. Its central figure Guy Hawkes, with his flamboyant beard, became the name bearer of the masks, which children have worn in…

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Citius, Altius, Fortius

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Artwork Description: The surge of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) fuels long-time scaling discussions of the Ethereum blockchain. Transaction fees are soaring, and decentralized apps experience slowdowns. While more people enter the space, the community calls for more.  The artwork Citius, Altius, Fortius playfully explores scalability, in particular, of layer 2 constructions. The objective is clear: faster transaction times,…

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Perpetuum mobile

Perpetuum mobile - Digital Artwork

Artwork Description: A hypothetical machine that can work infinitely without an energy source does not exist. The same applies to an international digital currency that successfully absconds from justice and manipulation. Bitcoin and proof-of-work concepts regularly draw criticism for their high-energy demand, which equals smaller countries’ annual energy consumption. However, one could see it as…

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Post nubila Phoebus

Post Nubila Phoebus

Artwork Description: Animation of individual Python-processed video frames based on a scanned set of rubber-stamps. 3,840 × 2,160 px, 341 frames, 0:30, MP4, stamp set 01. Related Blog Post: July 27th, 2020 – Digital Stamping with PythonMar. 21st, 2020 – Exploring Rubber Stamps

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