Dear profiles, avatars, and online flaneurs,
Aksioma is summoning you to:
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘆𝘇𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺
4 July 2022–end of the internet
𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 Domenico Quaranta
𝗙𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗯𝘆 Anna Ridler, Ben Grosser, Constant Dullaart, DIS, FaceOrFactory, Kyle McDonald, LaTurbo Avedon, Moxie Marlinspike, Nascent, Rhea Myers, Sarah Friend, Sarah Meyohas, Simon Denny, Guile Twardowski, Cosmographia, Sterling Crispin, The Miha Artnak
An alternative to capitalism, or capitalism at its worst? An emancipatory network economy where everyone has a stake, or a dystopian panopticon where only the best man wins? An opportunity for democracy, or a techno-libertarian wet dream? A new creative economy or a pyramid scheme? A planet saver or a planet burner? Rarely has the debate around a technology been so polarized as with blockchains, web3 and NFTs. We are facing a problem of consensus, trapped within a Byzantine Generals Problem.
Some generals are besieging Byzantium. In order to avoid catastrophic failure, they must agree on a concerted strategy, but some of them are unreliable. Used to illustrate how consensus is reached within distributed systems, this allegory can be applied to blockchains and to societies as well. Yet, in a peer-to-peer debate with no central authority, consensus is hard to reach for a reason; and the disagreeing general, the unreliable actor, may be our best resource against the common sense of the crypto-yuppies.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘆𝘇𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺 is an online exhibition focused on artworks which, while not avoiding to engage with blockchains and crypto culture, do it in a critically constructive way: questioning dominant narratives, raising problems, and sometimes proposing alternative solutions.