The artist who has burnt into ashes his lifework back in 2017, going through an existential questioning about the pass of Time and the irreversible nature of life, is now exploring the possibilities of blockchain technology.
In a dynamic NFT project, represented by a digital workpiece that evolves in real time, the word “Time” handwritten by Luca will vanish through a 30 days process, from 1st till April 30th.
Buyers of each NFT will receive a physical art piece of the work consisting of the frame that the word has evolved to at the time of the purchase. This piece will be numbered and signed by the artist. The last NFT will be auctioned and will include a physical collection of all the frames that have passed through the 30 days period.
Curated by Aurelien Le Genissel
Perhaps, the best way to define the digital world, is a space where the laws of time don´t apply. In that world, messages arrive instantly, files can be eternal, users navigate indefinitely, and things are lost in a permanent acceleration, as Hartmut Rosa explained in his famous essay “Alienation and acceleration”. A speed and stagnation limbo, where we seem to lose that existential “temporality” (Zeitlichkeit) that, according to Heidegger, deeply defines us.
The arrival of NFTs perhaps is the colophon of that utopic dream of perpetuity, longevity, and eternity that modernity has pursued. How then, can we reintroduce a more human and more ontological bond with “natural” time, in an ephemeral and immutable environment?
Timeless, from Luca Benites, presents itself as a project in which finiteness assumes a central role in the art piece, even in this digital space. A finiteness that has been in the heart of the artist’s work, since he conceived his project FOGO, where in a movement of detachment and existential questioning on the pass of time and the irreversible nature of life, he turned all his work into ashes. The same concept is reflected on Timeless, a new series of NFTs where pixels progressively disappear out of the word “TIME”, accumulating at the bottom of the screen, as a representation of that past time, that irrecoverable experience, or that unreachable trail. The result -after 30 days- is some kind of void, or trace of what it has been. A phenomenology of time itself, if it´s true that “all that we give resides in time and that we always give all our time”, as Jacques Derrida expresses in a beautiful formula from his book “Given Time”.