German

BitCoinCloud ist eine interaktive Rauminstallation, die den (virtuellen) Wert von künstlerischen Produkten sowie alternative Ökonomien thematisiert. Das modulare Kunstwerk besteht aus einem "BitCoin Mining Rig" (modifizierte Computer zur Errechnung der virtuellen Währung "BitCoins") sowie einer LED-Cloud (Visualisierung). BitCoinCloud reagiert auf die aufmerksamkeitszentrierte heutige Zeit mit der direkten Abhängigkeit zwischen Beachtung und Wert des Kunstwerks: wenden sich mehr Besucher der Skulptur zu (Camera-Tracking), dann werden mehr virtuelle Währungseinheiten (BitCoins) errechnet, die wiederum den Gesamtwert der Installation erhöhen. (Damian Stewart, Max Gurresch, Matthias Tarasiewicz) http://bitcoincloud.at
English

The BitCoinCloud is an interactive media-arts installation and a reactive sculpture thematizing the value of artistic production in terms of attention, technological acumen and speculation. The artwork builds a direct relation between the attention it receives and its market value: the bigger its audience, the more its worth.  The installation consists of modified LED-fans, motion sensors and a Bitcoin mining rig - replicating the principles of the "economics of attention", the BitCoinCloud mines (creates) new Bitcoins depending on the number of its visitors and the intensity of their interaction with the installation. The dynamics of attention allow the installation an ambiguous existence: it is part of the art market at the same time as it is setting itself apart from this market by capitalizing on its own economic attention-value, and tracing the trajectory of the exchange rate of the electronic crypto-currency "Bitcoin". (A project by Artistic Bokeh and Artistic Technology Research.)

Resources

  • Tarasiewicz and Newman: Experiments in Art and Value - Burning Bitcoin to Buy Ai Weiwei (ISEA 2015)
  • Photos of the initial Setup (2011)
  • Short info video on Vimeo


    Bitcoincloud is part of the series "Experiments in Art and Value"
  • Timeline

    2017/Feb/14 - Bitcoincloud at RIAT, Vienna & Brute-Force-Attack (DAO, 2016), Crypto-Artefacts Exhibition
    2015/May/05 - Bitcoincloud at FIBER Festival, A-Lab, Amsterdam
    2013/Nov/28 - Installation at MAK Vienna, 'Think Out of the Box'(Artistic Technology Research)
    2013/Nov/20 - Presentation at Vienna Art Week: Punk Austria (Gibling) Wechselstube, MuseumsQuartier Vienna
    2013/Nov/07 - BitcoinCloud at the "Autonomies" Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Serbia
    2013/Jun/06 - Presentation at Artistic Technology Research Panel, ISEA 2013 Sydney
    2013/May/05 - Presentation at M.I.T. MIT8 Conference: "Media in Transition"
    2012/Nov/20 - Part of "Mapping Artistic Technology", 18:00 MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria (Vienna Art Week)
    2012/Jan/19 - MuseumsQuartier Wien, quartier21 Artistic Technology Research Exhibition
    2011 - Initial Presentation at Künstlerhaus Vienna (Exhibition) "Kunst und Kapital"
    2010 - concept development and 2 prototypes developed


    Vielen Dank an die MA7 / Stadt Wien für die Unterstützung bei Bitcoincloud v3.