“REPLICATOR is the story of a machine through time. It is a reflection on forms of past groundbreaking innovation and serves as a metaphor for modern technology’s continuum. I’m interested to see how collectors will respond as the work evolves and the NFTs in their possession continue to create new generations.” —Mad Dog Jones
Michah Dowbak’s (also known as Mad Dog Jones) REPLICATOR tells the story of a machine through time. The visual component of this work, a digital image of a photocopier housed in a downtown Los Angeles office space, is a nostalgic nod to a once-cutting-edge technology, now on its way toward obsolescence. This image only begins to tell the story of Dowbak’s complex narrative that deftly interweaves medium, form and function, through his use of the recent technological innovation of the Non-fungible Token or NFT.
Dowbak utilizes the mechanics of the smart contract imbedded in the NFT to create a self-generating Genesis piece which will continue to create new, discrete NFTs over the course of approximately one year. However, Dowbak has also introduced the element of chance into the work’s algorithm through another self-referential twist—REPLICATOR can also jam. A jam comes in the form of a unique “Jam Artwork,” which will stop a generation from continuing to replicate, curbing exponential growth. A multi-generational NFT experience, the work will ultimately be comprised of seven unique generations each bearing their own defining visual characteristics which illustrate the machine’s journey, rendered in Dowbak’s quintessential citrus-toned hues.
Dowbak began honing his signature style of digital illustrations on the internet, combining cyberpunk elements with the beauty and bounty of nature. Influenced by growing up surrounded by the forest in Thunder Bay, Ontario (where he still resides), nature is a theme the artist returns to time and time again. His location outside of a traditional art world center also played a role in his decision to use the internet to showcase his artwork. Amassing over 250,000 followers on Instagram since 2017, Dowbak began exploring the medium of NFTs in November of last year as a way to further engage his following.
For Dowbak and other digital artists, the blockchain technology employed by NFTs opened up the possibility to verify ownership and authenticity of their works, creating a thriving market for a long undervalued medium. The mechanics of the market itself and the creation of value through innovation are central tenets in Dowbak’s practice. In November, he released a collection of works on the platform Nifty Gateway: 100 pieces that he sold for one dollar each. After more successful releases on the platform in the months that followed, his prices climbed significantly, which lead to his most recent project Crash + Burn where he released seven new, unique artworks. The only way to get access to these pieces was by collecting five of his initial one-dollar works back in November and trading them in. Once Dowbak received the five works from a collector, he destroyed or “burned” them, creating more scarcity and pushing up the prices of the remaining works on the secondary market, thus rewarding his early collectors in the process.
Dowbak’s innovation in the field of “token-omics” reaches a new level in the form of REPLICATOR, where the buyer will be faced with a number of choices as the piece continues to generate. The owner of the work may choose to sell at any time; however, after any of the artworks are sold, the new owner will possess all subsequent replicants or jams from that particular NFT. Will the owner wait to see all seven generations come to fruition, or will they choose to part with an artwork that still has the potential to generate? What will the market value more, scarcity or the untapped potential of an early generation work? The way in which Dowbak utilizes the technological possibilities of his chosen medium to engage with his collecting community illustrates not only his innovation, but also an evolution in the traditional dynamics of the art market being facilitated by NFTs, through the availability and verifiability of information on the blockchain. Much like Dowbak’s photocopier in REPLICATOR represents a particular moment of technological advance, we’re in the midst of an exciting innovation that could open up new creative possibilities for artists, forever changing existing art world conventions.
REPLICATOR is an NFT experience comprising seven unique generations of artworks. Generation 1, to be sold at auction, begins as a singular Genesis illustration of a photocopy machine in an office space. This first generation NFT will produce six NFTs at the rate of one per month, with each generation being unique from those before and after it. Each subsequent generation will produce one less artwork in its lifetime until it reaches Generation 7, which will produce no new NFTs. Note, after any artwork is sold the new owner will possess all subsequent replicants or jams from said NFT.
Much like a photocopier, REPLICATOR can also jam. When a “Jam Artwork” is produced, it is unique to its generation but will no longer replicate. The jam rate is between 50-80% for Generations 2 through 6, which also serves to curb exponential growth. Each generation may have up to three unique Jam pieces. Due to statistical variance, it is impossible to predict the exact number. After one million simulations the average is approximately 220 with a 99% chance that the total artworks generated will be between 75 and 300, with an average time of one year from start to finish.
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The NFT and any further versions of the Artwork generated by the NFT (“Children”) are subject to resale royalties on any subsequent resales of the NFT. On any subsequent resale of the NFT or Children, the successful bidder and buyer of the NFT at the online-only auction may be obligated on Seller’s behalf to collect and remit to Seller resale royalties as applicable equal to 10% of the sale price of the NFT, the Artwork or the Children sold. Other resale royalties and transaction duties imposed by law may also apply in relation to such resales.
REPLICATOR and any further versions of the Artwork are ERC721 non-fungible tokens and are compatible with all Ethereum-based digital wallets.
REPLICATOR’s content and metadata will be stored on Arweave, a decentralized storage network.
PNG: 16.5 MB (16,457,805 bytes)
PNG SHA256: b2c27755fb876c407eb3a23e2751caf6d01eb76a35858177cff54bc1dfb94318
MP4: 64.2 MB (64,232,495 bytes)
MP4 SHA256: 13d3ed2dba0b6ad47ed86bc2de5809486d08a0797298f57c7361e6b891728d49
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Michah Dowbak aka Mad Dog Jones is a multidisciplinary artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he still resides. His works deftly interweave cyberpunk, dystopian imagery exploring themes of beauty, nature and technology. As a lover of the wilderness, which was ever present where he grew up, he brings a fresh thematic to the metropolitan aesthetic, done up in citrus and neon tones of technology somehow rendered as a space naturally human. Dowbak rose to fame in the world of crypto art with the recent success of his Crash + Burn series of NFT artworks, and he is now a headliner in the first major NFT art exhibition at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Token ID: 1
Contract Address: 0xae1f...1538
Non-Fungible Token (ERC-721)
PNG: 16.5 MB (16,457,805 bytes), 4800x6000px
MP4: 64.2 MB (64,232,495 bytes), 4800x6000px, HD, 00:50, stereo
Minted on April 11, 2021, this work is unique.
Sold for $4,144,000