Behold the beady little eyes

The Frog Body

It is the object before you, dis-intermediated, limp, moist. You feel fear, wielding a scalpel to begin the procedure. Under the direction of your teacher, the implicit threat of failure weighs over you. It is harmless in its posture of death. You pass the scalpel to your lab partner; better that other people enact the violence. It isn’t alive, therefore you feel no guilt.

All of the organs have been removed and what is now visible is a distorted form, splayed out before you. It resembles something familiar, something which was once living in interconnection with other…


“Fascism attempts to organize the newly created proletarian masses without affecting the property structure which the masses strive to eliminate. Fascism sees its salvation in giving these masses not their right, but instead a chance to express themselves. The masses have a right to change property relations; Fascism seeks to give them an expression while preserving property. The logical result of Fascism is the introduction of aesthetics into political life.” (Benjamin)

Right now there are a bunch of very loud voices from the digital/art power structure trying to insert themselves into the middle of the crypto-art conversation. …


Note:

This document comes out of several years of conversation stemming from a digital art provenance project called MovingPictures.Gallery. It is by no means complete. There are many areas that need to be examined and unpacked; however, this is a first step at defining a foundational layer from which other projects may emerge.

I incubated MP.G with Benton C Bainbridge in 2016. Benton was researching digital object-hood since learning about Bitcoin in 2009. While our work together congealed many of these ideas, the baseline distributed object system outlined below should be primarily credited to him. …

Eric Barry Drasin

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