Proof of Work
generated images, 2021
software, keypresses

Transactions on the Ethereum network are verified by a system called proof of work, which involves forcing computers to solve meaningless, difficult equations before data can be written to the blockchain.
The most popular series of NFT collectibles are algorithmically generated. Most culture now has the feeling of having been made by algorithm; and the reason for this, is that humans have begun to act like algorithms.

Each image in Proof of Work is generated by manually entering thousands of random values into a bespoke application. The application converts each keypress into a color value, and sets a single pixel to that value.

As the artist will inevitably fail to enter true random values, patterns arise in each image which encode their affective state into the image. 

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