Virtual Virtual Coins – sq is a printed multi-layer work exhibited at ISEA in 2019, and a piece included in ‘New Order / Siren Call?‘, Goh’s art project which focuses on cryptocurrency and distributed ledger such as blockchain as a concept in art. The details here.
This is a pre-order work. If you are considering purchasing, please contact me from the contact page. (English or 日本語でお願いします)
This have already been exhibited at the Art Center, I will create and sell a new version as a commissioned work.
The pedestal and prints are redesigned and recreated to the highest quality materials. (Because the exhibition budgets were insufficient.
I have not yet decided the price and the edition size, but the assumption is that the price will be ‘1 BTC or more’ and the edition will be ‘1 or 2’. (The edition size will be decided by the price.
Payment & Shipping Process
This page describes basic flows from payment to delivery.
This shop accepts the cryptocurrencies via coinpayments.net, Byte-payments and Coingate. Currently, the following coins are available.
Enter the shipping address on the CheckOut page, and check the shipping fee, then push the PlaceOrder/PayWithByte button and go to the coin-selection-page at CoinPayments.net or the payment-page for Byteball.
Coinpayments: Choose your coin on the selection page, and enter your name, then push the checkout button to move to the remittance page. Since the QR code and payment address are displayed on the next page, please remit the amount in the invoice.
Byteball: Since the QR code and payment address are displayed, please remit the amount in the invoice.
The production is started after the remittance is confirmed. We will send you an email of order acceptance. Please check the coinpayments page for the confirmation number of each coin. https://www.coinpayments.net/supported-coins
In the case of ‘Pre-order’ items, we start production after the payment is confirmed. The delivery days depends on the items&finishing-options and your country. Most items will be shipped within the period stated on the product page. But if customs stops the items or your country is very far from Japan, it may need more time.
Please check the shipping fee on the CheckOut page.
Please check the Finishing Option page for the production duration for each item.
Basic flow of items with a delivery time of 4 weeks:
The production is started after the payment, and needs 3 ~ 5 days generally. When the production in our lab is finished, we will send an email. (E.g. “The production of your items has been finished. From now, we will send them to framer…..”) If the finishing-option in your order is only ‘Raw-PrintOnly’, we will ship to your address at this phase.
In the case of Framing, 2 to 3 weeks will be added to the delivery days in order to ask external pro-lab/frame-shop. After the items are returned to our lab and inspection is completed, we will ship to your address.
When shipping the items, we will send an e-mail containing the tracking number. Please track the items and inquire the delivery status of post offices, by yourself.
– We are not responsible for any trouble during transportation. E.g, we can not refund even if the item is destroyed or stolen by anyone except our fault. – If the items are lost or damaged during delivery, please recover from the insurance. In that case, the amount is declared in JPY and the rate from ‘BTC to JPY’ at the time of purchase is applied. And if we are compensated by the shipping company, we can produce and ship again. – For details, please check our shipping&returns policy.
Minimum Contents (The contents depend on your order.
In the case of the Aluminum Mounting
Certificate of authenticity
Hooks for wall hanging
For handling the work, please use the attached white gloves and do not touch the printed surface with your hands.
How to keep art prints.
The print deteriorates and discolors under the influence of air, gas and ultraviolet rays.
Avoiding direct sunlight and strong lighting.
Avoiding high temperature and humidity.
Avoiding smoke, gas, sea breeze, etc.
In the case of the Aluminum Mounting
This option is a printed surface is exposed so it can be displayed in sharp and the price is cheap. However, if you continue to display as it is, discoloring will proceed fast.
If you like the print, we strongly recommend to put it in a box-frame or to save it in a dark place, within a few years.
Is the discoloration evil?
I think it is not always evil.
For example, there is a discolored poster in a smoky pub. The poster tells the years that have been decorated and the history of the pub, and that is a unique value that can not be replaced by anything else.
The way of value is not one. As art became a speculative thing, people might have forgotten the basic things.
Since 2014, he has been creating works that focused on the cryptocurrency and based on the concept called ‘TRUSTLESS. That main works are ‘New Order / Siren Call’ that visualizes the existence of cryptocurrency as the origin of the new order, and ‘空の国家 -State of Empty’ that build a state by artificial intelligence (2016, ICC). And the origin of the both works, ‘Trustless Trust / Mk.God’ that calls memories of future artificial systems (2015, InstitutFrancais/Zinc/SecondNature).
His works are for establishment of ‘TRUSTLESS’ as an artistic concept. TRUSTLESS means technically to entrust trust/belief to algorithms, and its word is often used in communities of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. The natural trust was kept and handled mainly between humans until the beginning of the 21st century, but now, the human civilization is promoting mechanical automation of intelligence, contracts, labor, and the trust. He regards that “TRUSTLESS is an axis of the automation movements”. Also, his thought about Arts&Cryptocurrency and TRUSTLESS was published in major Japanese philosophy/critic books. Please try reading it. The details here – https://gohuozumi.com/references.
As a background of the activities above, he was developing ‘distributed autonomous network system’ as artwork and artistic concept before knowing the cryptocurrency. The most successful result is ‘OBSERVER N’, a solo exhibition held at YCAM the biggest Media-Art center in Asia in 2012. It is one of his origins, which was created since 2008, and the exhibition was for reconsidering the limitation of the centralized paradigm of humanism and governance which was revealed by the ‘3.11, 2011’, the great earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident in Japan.
Artists working with the concept of ‘distributed autonomous network’ still are very rare. Also until cryptocurrency became famous, even people trying to understand the concept were very rare in the art world. He aims to boost the social position of this concept to be discussed properly as Arts.