October 8, 05:14 PM GMT
100,000 - 150,000 USD
La petite mort (from The Orgasm Project)
Non-Fungible Token ERC-721
Token ID: 0
Minted on September 27, 2021
Smart Contract Address: 0xdD41bb6e672c1c7926Bb00E5AF85aE394FE63Ed8
Please note this is a Phygital NFT accompanied by a physical artwork:
Oil on canvas
74¾ by 74½ in. (189.9 by 189.2 cm.)
Collaborators: Abhijeet Satani, Harshit Agrawal and Artmatr.
Curatorial advisor: Myna Mukherjee
"NFTs have expanded the digital world, enabling us to reconsider and reestablish our creative relationship with the Internet. NFTs provide the opportunity to digitize, publicize, and perpetuate any digital information. At the same time, the physical and digital world continue to meld with the development of new technologies, giving rise to transhumanist ideologies that envision a future where humans harmoniously embody both the biological and the technical.
What does this mean for the future, then? If we can tokenize any data, and our personal experiences are being turned into data more each day, where does this end? I do not answer the question “where does this end” — but I do answer where it begins. *La petite mort* is the result of my own exploration into what it means to tokenize the most human, most intimate, and yet most shared experience — an orgasm.
I have worked for years with neuroscientists, AI engineers, roboticists, and artists to create a process through which my brain waves during orgasm could be recorded and elaborated as a digital work of art, fabricated into a matching physical work using a 3D robotic painter, and finally tokenized for eternal commemoration on a blockchain network. *La petite mort* is a phygital NFT, meaning an inextricably linked physical work and digital NFT with all its genomic data inside — the multimedia and metadata from the complete creative process.
The auction at Sotheby's will allow the winning bidder to own the result of my exploration and take the first step into this open question: Where does this end?"
-- Raghava KK