Today I minted a new NFT called “Planck Pixel”, which is defined as the smallest possible SCAM you can buy on a NFT platform: https://rarible.com/token/0xc9154424B823b10579895cCBE442d41b9Abd96Ed:58727675758041423256340162348757380850844420513095450253614757717091649847297?tab=details
“Planck Pixel” is a transparent pixel in PNG format. It is the smallest possible visual NFT (hence it is invisible).
It is for sale as a testimony to the unstable foundation of the NFT universe: if all NFT platforms disappeared, you would lose the digital object (the pixel) and you would only be left with the proof, on the blockchain, that you bought “something” from “someone” at a “certain price”.
But this disappearance of the platforms would be of minimal importance since:
1) This “something” is minimal, the smallest possible visual digital object (a transparent pixel is like the Planck length of the visual digital universe);
2) The “someone” is a minimalist artist, whose identity will disappear in the limbo of history anyway;
3) The “certain price” is arbitrary as are the prices on the now obsolete contemporary art market or in former capitalism as we knew it.
NB: here, the price in ETH is arbitrarily set to the size of the PNG file in KB.
This new work was inspired by the following FB thread, about NFT as SCAM:
The aura of the art object cannot decay beyond this irreducible stage, it is the end of Walter Benjamin’s wandering!
“Planck pixel” claims a paradoxical threefold unicity:
1) As any cryptographic token, it is supposed to be non duplicable.
2) As any NFT, it is supposed to be non fungible.
3) It is the one and only digital object below which the very notions of digital and value collapse.
“Finally, real NFT art that critically reflexes and subverts technology, rather than follows common craze.” Alexei Shulgin