Chaos Machine

The Ready-Made Token has passed underground and anonymously through the art world, questioning and altering it. It was appropriate, albeit with a smile, to attack old practices. The Distributed Gallery has proven that it does less art than crypto-art. It can now deepen the links that unite art, blockchain and money and undertake a new work: Chaos Machine.

The Distributed Gallery gave it other names: the philosopher Bernard Aspe, who presents it in a text, names it the Exterminating Angel; one of the chaotic makers also calls it the Crypto-Jukebox.

Unlike the Ready-Made Token, the Chaos Machine is a physical artwork, designed to be reproductible. In one word, It allows anyone to insert a banknote inside ; once inserted, this note falls into the window space and is deposited on a heating resistor. But this is not only a sophisticated toaster.

During the ignition of the banknote four things happen. First, The LCD screen displays a loading-bar representing the Chaos-Machine generation of a Chaos Coin. Secondly, music comes out of the chaos-machine through the loudspeakers inside the cabinet. But this is not only a sophisticated jukebox. The small fan is switched on to diffuse the slight smell of burning. Last but not least, a ticket containing the private key and the public key allowing access to the sum of Chaos-Coin generated leaves the machine.

So this is definitively not a sophisticated machine of chaos. The Exterminating Angel, that’s the important, might demonstrate the transition, not symbolic but sensitive, a fiduciary currency to a society of the code (private key / public key) characteristic of an economy where the monetary transactions are carried out in crypto-currencies. It’s thought to be spectacular, that is to say acoustic, cinematic, odorous or visual.

But a work such as the Chaos Machine implies to disturb interpretations. Maybe the true significance of the machine is summarized by this words of Bernard Aspe : “The Chaos-machine exhibits the nothing. The aim is to show what the transactions that guide our lives are made of, to make visible the background on which they operate. It is not about celebrating the change from one type of currency to another. The new currency necessarily reproduces, for the most part, the aberrations of the previous one. Its main merit, however, is that it is more open about what is nothing to the principle of social interaction”.