Another way to say "We were here, we did this"
I recently minted an NFT that related to the first piece of art I worked on that was exhibited in a gallery. This goes back nearly 40 years to an Experimental Art Class at the Ottawa School of Art that my mother and I took part in. We worked with artist Richard Purdy on his Eschatology concept, about a plague that could have happened some 20 years before. We learned a lot about theory, content and practice, and got to take part in cool artistic activities like posing for photos as dead bodies at the wreckage of a demolished motel in downtown Ottawa, playing sick people in hospital beds at the installation and much more.
I still had the punk-style poster we made, and decided to crystallize it with an NFT. I wonder how many of the people listed at the top are still with us? I know my late mother is not, but as an artist she probably would dig the NFT idea. I wonder if the others in the group carried on with art, or if they remember this project with fondness or as a turning point in their art life, as I do. For me, it is a reminder that I saw art as a worthy pursuit when I was younger, and that alone is worth commemorating to me.
Will anyone want to own the NFT? It actually doesn't matter to me. If someone is collecting ephemera from the early 80s Ottawa punk- and post-punk-era art scene, they might enjoy adding it to their collection. Or maybe one of the participants will want to own it as a little memory. Whatever happens is cool by me, because it was worthwhile to me just adding this memory to the blockchain as a memento and a remembrance of a happy, formative experience and interesting early waypoint on my artistic journey. Not everything has to go viral or earn money!
Robert David Duncan, award-winning director, actor, writer and producer with a passionate interest in art, storytelling and the whole amazing journey called life. Founder of Fat Punk Productions and Festival Director of the Miniature Film Festival.