Fidenza #808, 2021
Tyler Hobbs’ Fidenza series is an immutable script sitting on the Ethereum blockchain, representing the coming of age of generative art. When 999 Art Blocks users minted these works a year ago, they purchased an NFT containing a provably unique seed. The seed controls the variables in the script and thus controls the output, or appearance of the work. Fidenza is a flow field algorithm, allowing the artist to produce unpredictable, organic curves. Relying on indeterminability, these self-referential works are both medium responsive and enacted by their participants. The act of minting defines the work itself: collectors gather around their screens to interact with the artwork and the editions produced are the unfiltered offerings of the artwork in return. This moment of temporality – a genuine interpersonal exchange within the digital landscape – places Fidenzas in conversation with performance art.
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