New Digital Art Releases

During the past few weeks, I have completed three new digital artworks. I released one piece on MakersPlace and the other two animations launched with the new crypto art marketplace Ephimera. This new platform specializes in photo/video-based digital art. The gallery also partnered with ArtProject.io and the Vancouver Biennale. Please find the preview of the pieces below.

Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity

Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity
View Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity on MakersPlace

“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 Fawkes, with his flamboyant beard, became the name bearer of the masks, which children have worn in his image on Bonfire Night since the Victorian era or even earlier. Over the last decades, these masks have become a symbol of anonymous protest against organizations and governments. Not surprisingly, they also found popularity in the Blockchain movement. 

However, Blockchain’s encryption algorithms do not equate to anonymity. Since its inception, a permanent record shows every transaction; after all, the Blockchain is a public ledger. Every transaction increases traceability. Complex, sophisticated, and costly processes are required to remain anonymous.

The animated photo-collage Dreamy Misconceptions of Anonymity raises attention that governments worldwide realized the potential of cryptocurrency gains and quickly implemented fast adapting taxation rules. The artwork warns that everyone is most likely subject to their government’s taxes each time a cryptocurrency is converted or an NFT traded. Thousands of programmers and consultants work on behalf of governments and institutions to dissolve this seemingly encrypted mask. 

Animated photo collage based on photos taken on passenger flights,
2500 × 2500 px, 0:15, MP4

Windows of Opportunity

One YVRYUL

Windows of Opportunity – One YVRYUL
YVR (Vancouver) to YUL (Montreal), September 10th, 2019
View Windows of Opportunity – One on Ephimera

Two YULDFW

Windows of Opportunity – Two YULDFW
YUL (Montreal) to DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth), December 2nd, 2019
View Windows of Opportunity Two on Ephimera

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 economic potential outweighs the banks’ transactional costs, billions remain without access to bank accounts, loans and the possibility of intangible savings.

In contrast, Blockchain technology lowers these transactional costs by mere fractions and allows viable micro-financing solutions outside of the traditional banking system. Already, people without bank accounts worldwide have started to partake in a global economy through their smartphones. The world seems to come closer.

As this technology expands towards application platforms and new ecosystems, a general understanding of Blockchain technology will become essential for future inclusion. Even 12 years into this technology, we are still in its infant stage, which is an excellent opportunity to create open, fair and inclusive environments. 

Windows of Opportunity is a series of animated photo-collages taken on passenger flights, which invites the viewer to leave the passenger seat’s passive position and question the status quo. The series encourages looking beyond the cryptocurrency and realizing the technology’s empowering potential through education and awareness. Now is the time to take up the opportunity and replace existing systems with empowering decentralized alternatives to shape a new global economy.

Animated photo collage based on photos taken on passenger flights
4,000  ×  5,500 px, 01:00, MP4

Last update November 12, 2020

Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction artist based in Montreal, QC, Canada. I explore the blockchain through the subject of clouds in physical and digital mediums. » About Me

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