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.
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)