Dear Block Chen Group Exhibition

Group exhibition
November 20th, 2021 to January 15th, 2022
Solid Art Gallery
Taipei, Taiwan

Curator: Feng-Yi Chu 

Artists: Kevin Abosch, Lans King, Martin Lukas Ostachowski, Nai-Ren Chang, Tzu-Tung Lee + Winnie Soon, Yi-Chun Lin, lololol (Xia Lin + Sheryl Chang) , Rexy Tseng, Aluan Wang, Jui-Lan Yao

Dear Block Chen is the first international contemporary art exhibition about blockchain/NFT technology in Taiwan. With a brisk tone, the exhibition personifies the concepts of blockchain and contemporary art, and depicts the story about their encounters and future. The audience will switch between different characters in this olden, letter-format meta-universe, comprehending and reflecting the social phenomena and the impact caused by this new technology from different points of view.

Dear Block Chen is the first international contemporary NFT art exhibition with physical artworks in Taiwan. By presenting the research and the artworks made by participating artists, this exhibition not only elaborates on the values and the spirits demonstrated by the development of blockchain and NFT, but also describes their potential developments and future applications as well as the social issues that the technology has triggered or manifested. Artists Kevin Abosch, Aluan Wang, Tzu-Tung Lee, and Winnie Soon explore the traditional concept of ownership–which was forged and shaped through the modern development of geopolitics and the emergence of nation-state–has been altered again in the decentralized NFT world. Yet what has been changed is not only the idea of ownership but also our conceptualization of value on artwork and even on artists. By merging an NFT registry and artist himself into one entity, the work of Lans King is a radically brilliant artistic practice responding to this subject. Martin Lukas Ostachowski and Jui-Lan Yao, on the other side, take different perspectives on the consumption of energy and natural resources of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology. Rexy Tseng, Nai-Ren Chang and Yi-Chun Lin focus on themes of the monetary system and emotional economics, addressing issues such as the golden standard and the speculation and opportunism behind cryptocurrency investments. The artist group “lololol” deals with the concept of “crypto/encryption”, revealing the humane essence behind the current virtual world and future meta-universes.

Dear Block Chen is a love letter for blockchain/NFT technology and phenomena, an innovative curatorial project aiming at blurring the boundary between technology and humanity. It is not merely an exhibition presenting artworks of NFT, but a conceptual exhibition presenting contemporary artworks about blockchain/NFT.

Sponsored by National Culture and Arts Foundation
Special thanks to Honggah Museum

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Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Moniang (Montreal), QC, Canada. I explore the blockchain through the subject of clouds in physical and digital mediums. » About Me

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