Notions of identity and self-representation in the digital realm opened a vast array of forms and shapes. Driven by the inherent incentive mechanisms of social networks, the virtual self is hardly self-directed but requires shaping by human or non-human peers. A self-commodification that ultimately leads to the dehumanization of the self into a distorted figure that merely hints at a human representation.
During the 21-day Genesis auction, users could bid on the setting of a single geometric parameter and apply it to the 3D-scanned body of a real person – the twistedsister. Each day, the highest bidder received a certificate of participation as an NFT, cryptographically linked to the image and metadata of the winning setting.
Half of the funds raised by the auction were automatically distributed equally to the artists. The other half was transferred to the project’s 3D printing fund.Eventually, the final model of the twistedsister was 3D printed. The scale was determined by the fiat equivalent of Ether collected in the project’s 3D printing fund and the rates of the contracted printing service. The resulting statue represents the only authentic physical edition of the collaboratively created artwork and is linked to a unique NFT.
While anyone can download and print the 3D model for free, the token holder of the statue is the sole legitimate owner of the physical edition of twistedsister. Token holders can trade items on the project’s marketplace, designed with the royalty structure in mind. A 20% dividend is paid to the token holders for each sale. 10% of the royalties are distributed to the artists in perpetuity.
Armin Blasbichler, Brigitte Fässler, Julian Humm, Martina Graf, Mathias Pfäffli