Digital Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility – An Yves Klein inspired cryptocurrency

Yves Klein and cryptocurrency – together at last! Okay while that pairing does not roll off the tongue, it is the premise of Toronto artist Mitchell F. Chan’s recent Digital Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility, a cryptocurrency-based project that he launched last week at InterAccess. Chan’s conceptual project riffs on Klein’s near mythical 1958 performance, artist, book and exhibition Zone of immaterial pictorial sensibility, which saw the artist parcel out zones of empty gallery space and sell them for gold. The buyer of each ‘zone’ would get a receipt for their purchase and the price of each zone scaled up sequentially; the purchase was not (truly) complete until the buyer took part in a ritual that saw them burn the receipt after which Klein threw half the gold received into the Seine. Seeing parallels between translating (gallery) space into currency (and related inflation), Chan created IKB – an ERC-20-compliant token on the ethereum blockchain with a contract inspired by Klein’s. An excerpt from his summary:

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