Lovers of CryptoArt will want to check out the Cookie Cookie exhibition currently being held in Beijing, China. The online and offline exhibition of CryptoZR (Liu Jiaying) is being held at the Guardian Art Center in the capital city until 13 June.
The new exhibition follows CryptoZR’s participation at the first CryptoArt-dedicated group exhibition at UCCA Lab in Beijing. This solo exhibition is curated by independent curator Li Zhenhua.
Cookie Cookie demonstrates how the artist deftly applies, modifies, and re-evaluates technology. CryptoZR also uses different smart contract methods to build an interactive financial system and digital currency that seek to push the conventions, aesthetics, and intrinsic concepts of art, as well as exploring the intersection of technology and human nature.
Blockchain To Artform
CryptoZR began using fundamental blockchain technology for artistic transformation in 2016 and has since then continuously developed unique creative languages with this medium. The following year, the artist released a digital currency modified by smart contracts on ETH and EOS public blockchains. In 2019, she used non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to launch voting activities in the OpenSea marketplace and opened a CryptoArt museum, Chijin Art Museum, on a Cryptovoxels blockchain platform in 2020.
Themes of cryptocurrency, credit creation, trading, and flow (measuring participation and interaction) form the crux of CryptoZR’s work. The offline exhibition is presented in the forms of oil painting, sculpture, animation, and installation, among others. Out of Nothing, comprising images together with an immersive experience, represents her earliest experimentation with Ethereum blockchain technology between late 2017 and early 2018.
CryptoZR offered more than half a million blockchain users a digital currency simultaneously by modifying ERC20 tokens, which was then transacted for the first time on a decentralized trading platform, EtherDelta, ten days later. Through Ethereum, the artist wants all users to witness the formation of the consensus – a cognitive consistency between individuals and groups – to examine the much-debated concept of social structures.
“I think that artists need to be actively involved in current times, and to help develop our era for the future,” explains CryptoZR. For me, CryptoArt is not only a new format of art, but also spawns a whole new world. Blockchain is a technique and medium to create art as well as a very crucial ideological support.”
CryptoZR adds, “My works are inspired by events happening on blockchain, which engenders spontaneous meaning rather than deliberately inserting them. I want to create aesthetics for the system, not just for a single work.”
Check out the Cookie Cookie exhibition here.