Sarah Friend, Lifeforms, 2021
Artwork persentation by Sarah Friend within the exhibition NfTNeTArT
About the event
Sarah Friend: Lifeforms, 2021
Lifeform Display Surface #1, #2 + #3 (First Generation), 2021
Display 18 x 12 x 10 cm
Lifeforms are NFT-based entities that need regular care in order to thrive – without proper care, the lifeform will die and its corresponding NFT will disappear. How do you care for a lifeform? Within 90 days of receiving it, you must give it away. By interjecting unexpected dynamics into a smart contract system, Lifeforms invert the typical logic of NFTs, which is to buy, hold, and hope it increases in value, and instead asks the „owner“ to become a custodian or caregiver that must consistently maintain or care for their NFT in collaboration with others. Lifeforms as an artwork exists on two levels: one as an artist edition of NFTs, and another as a series of relations between the carers/collectors of lifeforms, that is intangible, ephemeral, and in a deliberately ambiguous relationship to the market.
Watch the Instagram Live interview with Sarah Friend from 25 February 2022.
About the exhibition
⇢ The artwork presentation is part of the exhibition NfTNeTArT – from Net Art to Art NFT, a cooperation between panke.gallery and OFFICE IMPART.
Sarah Friend is an artist and software developer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is a participant in the Berlin Program for Artists, a co-curator of Ender Gallery, an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft, an alumni of Recurse Centre, a retreat for programmers, and an organiser of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web. Recent exhibitions include: Contingent Systems, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Proof of Stake, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg; Breadcrumbs, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne; Proof of Art, Oökultur, Linz; Salon Solaire, suns.works, Zurich; Panarchist’s Dinner, Floating University, Berlin.
(Photo Sarah Friend: Dietrich Meyer)