0xDEAFBEEF - Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art London Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'For centuries, fluid motion has captivated the imagination of artists, mathematicians and scientists [...] my intent is to work at a fundamental level, designing algorithms to scrawl numbers directly into digital storage media later to be interpreted as sound and images.'  —0xDEAFBEEF

    0xDEAFBEEF is a Canadian artist, composer and engineer. Over the past twenty years, he has tinkered in numerous fields, including computer animation, sound recording, blacksmithing, and generative art. He brings together all his interests in a bespoke art practice, using low level computer code and a minimal toolset to craft raw information into audiovisual artworks. Recent works adopting blockchain technology as a programmable medium have gained wide acclaim.

    Instead of relying on out-of-the-box solutions or third-party production teams, 0xDEAFBEEF personally crafts all of his artistic tools from first principles, using only a C compiler and text editor. This unique methodology leads to pieces that bear his distinctive signature - elegant black- and-white pieces that fuse art and electronic music in singular ways.



    The present work Advection is an aesthetic study of fluid motion expressing the beauty and harmony found in the overlap of mathematical and physical concepts in different perceptual modalities. The fluid animation model is based on novel academic research conducted by the artist in 2010, accompanied by the sounds of struck percussion synthesized from physical models sharing common principles. Leveraging the decentralized participatory nature of blockchain, Advection invites users themselves to explore and curate a generative audiovisual model, dynamically changing the sound and appearance of the artwork by adjusting parameters through blockchain transactions. The audiovisual outputs are reconstructed entirely from 100KB of self-contained C code stored on-chain


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    • Provenance

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Series 5: Advection - Token 222

Token ID222
Contract Address0xd754...0934
Non-Fungible TokenERC-721
MP4: 31.5 MB (33,081,149 bytes), 960x960px, 00:01:58, stereo
Minted on 29 June 2022, this work is unique from a series of 8.

Full Cataloguing

£200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for £252,000

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Ex-Machina: A History of Generative Art

Online Auction 13-20 July 2022