Ever Ready Surfaces is a limited series of video artworks by Joe Hamilton. Each artwork has a unique NFT on the Ethereum blockchain that links to a video stored on decentralised storage (IPFS).
Tokens will be available to mint in mid June. Join the mailing list or follow on Twitter for announcements.
While the internet can feel immaterial — think ‘the cloud’ — it is inherently spatial. Data is stored on physical servers in precise locations and transmitted around the world through underground cables at the speed of light. This spatial reality of the digital is downplayed by the way it’s experienced — flattened down to the 2d plane of our screens.
While the screen continues to be the most important surface for the digital, this is set to change. Augmented reality, internet of things and sensors in self-driving cars are some of the technologies that are contributing towards the digital world escaping our screens and into the wider world.
In Every Ready Surfaces I explore the idea of data breaking free from our screens to inhabit surfaces in the world around us. Images detach from their 3d surfaces creating fluid patterns that ripple and drift. The flow is interrupted by animated blocks representing the processing, transfer and error of data. The works are a meditation on what the future of our digital experience may look and feel like.
Joe Hamilton is an Australian artist who has been making internet based work for the past 10 years and has exhibited his work in museums, biennales and galleries around the world. Joe was one of the first artists to mint an artwork NFT in 2014 with his video Regular Division. Working on the internet, in sculpture, print and video, Joe’s work has focused on the impact of technology on our experience of landscape. In addition, his work has been concerned with subjects ranging from architecture, image culture, crypto, automation, infrastructure, geopolitics, the internet, and mapping.
Joe’s work has been exhibited at the Beijing Media Art Biennale, The Moving Museum Istanbul, The Austrian Film Museum, and The New Museum in New York, among others. Joe has also produced work for commissions, spoken at public events and universities and hosted a workshop and artist residency.
The 50 NFT artworks will be avilable to mint from this website at the date listed above. Minting is only possible from a desktop computer and requires connecting a wallet such as metamask. The tokens are only available to purchase with Ethereum.