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GrailersDAO x Singular: ‘All at Once’ on Verse
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Blockchains are clocks. We think of Bitcoin and other blockchains as stores of value, but they cannot store value without first delineating time. An accurate and indisputable record of transactions functions as a replacement for the authority of a bank. Ordinals are a way to log the creation and ownership of artworks on Bitcoin that sits closer to the conceptual origins of blockchains–and their reliance on chronology–than other NFTs. Ordinals are small notes attached to the ceaseless production of Bitcoin transactions, the ordering of these inscriptions is absolute, indisputable, and as everlasting as the blockchain itself. Art history has long been fixated on chronology, perhaps to a fault. Which development preceded another? Which artist did it first? Where did an idea begin? Inscribing artworks on a blockchain provides a clear provenance, but this certitude comes with a cost. Technology exists to solve problems, while art often creates them. The challenge is to make generative, unruly work in the context of technological solutionism. How can artists create interesting problems in a world obsessed with solving them? Artists often challenge convention, and in this exhibition they are invited to rethink chronology and time within ordinal sequencing. Time can be a subjective and dynamic material when artists work with the blockchain, a technology that has chronology at its core.

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