glitch by misha de ridder

Dynamic art about erasure and finding the generative in the real.

Released by Fingerprints DAO, in collaboration with Assembly

The act of erasing can involve both destruction and generation, transformation, and reimagining, through which we create new possibilities and new forms emerge.

We live in an era heavily influenced by media representations, simulations, and digital experiences, where the line between reality and these artificial worlds has become blurred. In this context, misha de ridder plays with the notions of loss and recoding, using a blockchain protocol to explore the relationship between the physical and the digital, substituting the signs of the real for the real.

warning toxic glow
warning toxic glow

Substituting the signs of the real for the real is a concept introduced by philosopher Jean Baudrillard. He argues that in modern society, we have reached a point where our lives are so heavily influenced by media representations and simulations that we no longer distinguish between reality and these artificial worlds. Instead of accepting genuine experiences as they occur in their natural state, people now rely on images or information created through digital technologies to create meaning from what was once considered real-life events. As a result, this process involves substituting signs (such as photographs) for actual reality itself. This phenomenon can lead to an overreliance upon representations instead of direct experience with whatever it is one might be engaging in at any given moment. Additionally, it can contribute towards feelings of disconnection from the physical world around us due to our constant engagement with screens rather than fully immersing ourselves into present moments without mediation by technology.

amnesia breeds repetition
amnesia breeds repetition

misha de ridder’s collection ‘glitch’ consists of 50 photographs of erased graffiti that have been animated into gifs by inserting subliminal afterimages of what was: faces, text, indecipherable symbols resulting in a series of abstract painting-like images blurring the border between photography, painting, animation, digital image, and token art. Information that has been erased becomes information again, randomness as a surrealist technique.

The blockchain protocol helps to enhance the generative aspects and introduces a new way of value exchange, an alternative for creator royalties. Each trade of a token has different effects on the artwork. The first trade causes the animation to vanish, while subsequent trades fade out the image until only a faint residue remains.

Anyone can pay a small amount to refresh the token, restoring it to its original state on the website.

dynamic token mechanics

All 50 1 of 1s in the series are designed to degrade with each secondary market trade or transfer to another wallet. The token’s traits, title and token ID always remain except when you burn the token for a print. Anyone can do a transaction to refresh the token, restoring it to its original state.

  1. The initial collector receives an original photo with liminal animation as GIF-file.

  2. After the first sale or transfer, the animation disappears, leaving only the photo.

  3. After the second sale or transfer the photo fades 50%.

  4. After the third sale or transfer the photo will disappear leaving just a residue.

ranked auction with rebate

50 1/1s pieces will be auctioned off in 3 days.

Thursday, April 25 at 1 PM EDT / 7pm CEST
0.04 Ξ starting bid

limited edition mint

As soon as the auction closes, a limited mint of 510 editions will become available, representing various mosaics of the full collection in randomized order. These images will slowly degrade as more editions are minted, until in the last 10 editions only a residue remains. The mint will be open for a week for a fixed price.

Sunday, April 28 at 1 PM EDT / 7pm CEST
0.025 Ξ fixed price

burn & redeem fine art print

Burning the token is the final and irreversible degradation fase and at the same time the transformation to the physical. When all the tokens are burned an empty website and Ethereum contract remains as a memory and the art lives on as a print. You could argue the tokens are backed by a physical asset. You can always exit.

For the burn & redeem of the physical fine art print Fingerprints DAO collaborates with Assembly.

Assembly will offer large scale museum quality fine art prints for collectors who choose to burn their 1/1 token to purchase a physical print.

All prints are produced on Canson Rag Photographique 310gsm paper with Canon Lucia Pro ink, and come in 40 x 50 / 40 x 60 in. sizes, based on the image aspect ratio.

 large scale museum quality fine art print
 large scale museum quality fine art print

After the auction when you have received your 1/1 token please join the token gated group on Warpcast for glitch 1/1 collectors.

about the artist

misha de ridder is a visual artist making conceptual photo and video work concerned with perception. His quiet images evoke contemplation and intimacy and invite viewers to look anew at what we consider known and to rethink our surroundings. Reality as an act of deep imagination.

de ridder's work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Foam Photography Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and many others. His work has been acquired by both private and major public collections. de ridder has also published seven monographs a.o. Abendsonne (Schaden 2011), Falaise (Roma 2016), and high up close by (Roma 2019).

misha de ridder entered crypto space in 2020. He started out with NFT on Foundation and ‘hic et nunc’. Among his celebrated drops are ‘high up close by’ 2021 on Foundation in collaboration with Assembly Curated and ‘generative by nature’ in 2022 on a self-build marketplace on Tezos. In 2023 he released a limited edition ‘grass’ on Optimism.

de ridder is an active member of several DAOs and web3 communities like Kiwi News, Obscura, Purple and Trust, curating art and writing about philosophy, art, technology and blockchain.


The glitch animations are Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license
Prints are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY NC) license

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