The Blind Demon of Crypto Art
Cryptocurrency, as well as artwork related to cryptocurrency (also known as Crypto Art), are both relatively new innovations. Much excitement--as well as controversy--follows them wherever they go. Indeed, cryptocurrency, crypto art, and the blockchains they revolve around, hold remarkable promise for opportunity. While I am a fan of these advancements … (read more)
Cryptocurrency, as well as artwork related to cryptocurrency (also known as Crypto Art), are both relatively new innovations. Much excitement--as well as controversy--follows them wherever they go. Indeed, cryptocurrency, crypto art, and the blockchains they revolve around, hold remarkable promise for opportunity. While I am a fan of these advancements in economics and the art delivery ecosystem, I must admit that cryptocurrency and crypto art also hold potential for great loss as well as waste.
Why would such a paradox exist within these blockchain-born creations? It's important to understand that cryptocurrency, as well as crypto art (AKA cryptoart), are both merely tools. They are neither good, nor bad. Their value to society depends on what people do with these tools. The "good" or "bad" aspects of cryptocurrency and cryptoart reside in the human hands who wield these futuristic tools of today.
It is reflecting on these principles that I present this essay, designed to accompany the cryptoart piece which I painted of the very same title:
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art wants to be worshiped.
He wants you to think that you need to be worshiped too.
He wants you to think that crypto art will solve most of the world's problems.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art wants you to make blockchain your new religion.
He wants you to think that cryptocurrency leaders are uniquely qualified to save the world.
He wants you to think that economic revolution will happen any minute now.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art is very attractive an compelling.
He goes by many names, including Art on the Blockchain Demon, Rare Digital Art Demon, Digital Goods Demon, Non-Fungible Token Demon, Tokenized Art Demon, Crypto-Collectible Demon, Rare Digital Assets Demon, Blockchain Art Demon; the list goes on.
Yet regardless of the remarkable innovation this creature so boldly associates himself with, never forget; he is a demon.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art want you to think that your art will last forever.
He wants every crypto artist to believe that collectors will gladly buy most of their creations.
He wants you to think that cryptocurrency will last forever.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art wants you to think the market is not flooded.
He wants you to live for art and not the demands of responsible reality.
He wants you to check the prices of cryptocurrency at least twice a day--every day.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art wants you to think that Internet acquaintances love you deeply.
He wants you to serve cryptocurrency and art with equal passion.
He wants you to only be happy if a collector buys your rare digital art.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art wants you to love cryptocurrency and art instead of loving people.
He wants to be your closest relationship.
He wants you to sell your soul, and he gladly takes payment in all all kinds of crypto.
The Blind Demon of Crypto Art is wrong.
He is not your friend.
He is your enemy.
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Richard F. Yates
You know, that Crypto-Art Demon DOES make some good points! (Ha!) But, no... As an old, cynical, rotting punk (who has seen LOTS of "permanent" solutions come and go---I still have music and artwork saved on JAZ and ZIP disks, but no functioning drives to access my creations anymore!!!---and I'm going to be surprised if crypto-art makes it fifty years. I'll be THRILLED if it makes it 50 years (both because I'd love to see it last that long AND because that means I somehow LIVED another 50 years to witness it!) But never put all your art-eggs in one electronic-basket. I love crypto-art, and I'm excited to see how it develops and transforms over the next few years...but I don't have much FAITH in techno-demonology...
Interesring interpretation. It is wonderful to see the diverse representation of a single phrase.
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