CLAUDIE LINKE: FAVORITE COLOR - RAINBOW

Cryptoart and NFTs are all the hype these days. For a good reason, this might well change the art world forever. For people not familiar with this movement — in a nutshell: The blockchain makes it possible so that digital art becomes unique and can be auctioned. Just like “real” paintings in the traditional art world. In a cultural context, cryptoart might become an incredibly interesting playground for new ideas, the discussion of values and philosophies.

By Balthazar Malevolent

CLAUDIE LINKE: FAVORITE COLOR - RAINBOW

Claudie Linke is an Illustrator & Artist born in Germany, now based between Bali & Berlin. Linke prefers to work in traditional & digital media. For commission jobs the artist tends to draw in digital techniques these days, combining both.

Claudie Linke mainly works on commissions for advertising, package design, fashion, food, automotive, trade magazines, consumer magazines, book publishing companies, music and sports. Linke is open and curious for everything!

While Charles Darwin was the face of the evolutionary theory On the Origin of Species in 1859, there was another, less known, yet incredibly interesting naturalist researching and reconfirming the same topic: Albert Russell Wallace (1823–1913). Darwin probably had a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrom, which often leads to people focusing on certain topics in a very effective way. His clear attention probably catalyzed his genius and success. It also might be an answer of why his research was so much more in the limelight, the topic was easier to understand. In contrast, Wallace’s mind was more fragmented, but also much more versatile, he had plenty of interests. He was very concerned with the social side of life, had a strong humanistic spirit and a real talent to understand the whole picture. He was one of the first scientists to point out the severe ecological footprint of our species. In the end of the nineteenth century he published a book called “The Wonderful Century”, which is a very optimistic vision for how to course-correct our civilization, so that the rise of capitalism as a global economic system based on exploitation and extraction would not corral our species into its own misery and threaten the survival of all species on an irreplaceable planet. What is more, in times when there were only a handful of millionaires, he predicted a dramatic raise in inequality. The final test of good government would be well-being and contentment of the people. He writes: “One of the most prominent features of our century has been the enormous and continuous growth of wealth, without any corresponding increase in the well-being of the whole people”. In his long life, Wallace traveled a lot. Like basically everyone that explores much, he came to experience that, most people are good. Usually, it is just a few exceptions that really suck and exploit others in pursue of their own power interests. He believed in our chance to correct the course. Personally, I believe, he will be right, one day. Only, he was far ahead of his time. Strange, dark and doomy things happened between his time and now. However, today we actually have the technology and much more knowledge about how to “course-correct” our future right into his “Wonderful Century”. The end of our journey is open. We still have to choose which turn to take.

And this is exactly, where cryptoeconomics and cryptoart come in. The field of cryptoeconomics researches on how future economies could look like. For example, they provide answers on how we can program new values into our economies. Instead of “maximum profit growth”, we could program “community”, “care”, or “biosphere” as the values we want to produce. If you are curious about in-depth details, you might find this read from the Economic Space Agency interesting. There must be some sort of governance which will be a huge discussion about the right ethics & philosophy within distinct communities. Yuval Harari has an interesting take on what communities are. He says they are collections of people who believe in shared stories. Hence, what are our old and new stories? Obviously, all the big questions are on the table when designing our future, our communities and the possibility of alternative concepts. It is certainly good to share that table with as many and as diverse people as possible. Because, culture shapes evolution.

When the stock markets came up, it was the new hot thing. It helped entrepreneurs dare new businesses & immensely advanced their standard of living. 150 years after the first railroad IPOs, the US stock market alone is worth more than $30 Trillion, which is an unprecedented, exponential growth. Entrepreneur Mike Maples predicts that crypto-powered governance markets will drive future abundance at a similar level of scale. But this time, he states, it will affect globally and it will be more democratized than we have ever seen before.

Cryptoart and NFTs are all the hype these days. For a good reason, this might well change the art world forever. For people not familiar with this movement — in a nutshell: The blockchain makes it possible so that digital art becomes unique and can be auctioned. Just like “real” paintings in the traditional art world. In a cultural context, cryptoart might become an incredibly interesting playground for new ideas, the discussion of values and philosophies.

Cryptoart is thrilling, often times very experimental and the scene grows at an enormous speed. There is a high ratio of “outsider” artists in the space. Many cryptoartists embrace technology and step into new terrain. Artists are coding paintings designed by Generative Algorithms, playing with Virtual Reality, embarking on Augmented Reality Experiments, using Artificial Intelligence and everything else that emerges on the technical side. Mind-blowing, to say the least. While, at the same time, many cryptoartists also embrace the tactile & physical. You’ll see fine art painters, sculptors and all sorts of trades in the mix. Marketplaces such as Superrare, Nifty Gateway, Makersplace or KnownOrigin are growing rapidly and develop new features and auction mechanisms as they go. But also, collectors get creative: Some building virtual museums and galleries in the “metaverse”.

Claudie Linke

In other news, Rick Owens Fall 2021 fashion show. On the subject of underthings, the pentagram briefs from the January men’s show reappeared here wrapped around evening clutches, the implication being that these alien females had handled the “unhinged male aggression” that those briefs signified.

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