Cryptocurrency is gradually going beyond the limits of the financial world or the IT sphere. Nowadays crypto is widely being introduced into all areas of human life, including the area of art.
Crypto in cinema
Cinema is one of the fastest to respond to new developing phenomenа. Let’s remember some movies, cartoons, and series where the cryptocurrency was mentioned.
One of the first cryptocurrency releases on screen happened in 2012 in the “The good wife” series. There is a story about the prosecutor’s wife working as a lawyer who defends another lawyer. His case is interesting for us, because under threat of arrest, he keeps the name of his client – the creator of the cryptocurrency.
“The Simpsons” series certainly surprised their viewers a lot during its existence. They predicted the economic crisis, the presidency of Donald Trump, and many other things. In season 25 of “The Simpsons”, Bitcoin was also mentioned. There was the inscription depicted on a billboard near the Springfield Elementary School saying “accepting Bitcoin”.
The phenomenon of Bitcoin just couldn’t be missed by another popular animated series called “Family Guy”. The main character of this cartoon, Peter, tried to solve all his financial problems with Bitcoin.
In 2015 the film “Dope” was released. The main character of the film earns money by selling drugs and uses “digital gold” as money. By the way, this was the first movie that people could pay with Bitcoin to watch.
In 2017, Bitcoin was featured in the “The Big Bang Theory” comedy series. In one of the episodes the main character of the series, Sheldon, offers his friends to mine new virtual currency.
There is also a cartoon dedicated to the most popular crypto. The animated series called “Bitcoin and friends” tells about the history of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. There are episodes that you can already find on YouTube. This is a story about a coin that on the way of its adventure meets characters who become pillars of crypto history.
Crypto references in songs
There are several dozen tracks where Bitcoin is mentioned. These songs are mostly in English and performed in the hip-hop genre. Let’s list some of them below:
- Satoshi Nakamoto — Gramatik, Adrian Lau and ProbCause;
- Bitcoin Beezy — Murs and ¡Mayday;
- Bitcoin — Slogan;
- Flume — Holdin’ On and Freddie Gibbs.
Cryptocurrency and fine art
One artist from Toronto, Nelly Baksht, managed to combine two such different areas as the art and the crypto. Combining artistic talent with a vision of modern technology, Nelly creates bright and positive paintings. She depicts the creation of a better world without the destruction of the old one. Her works are not focused on memes popular in the industry, they explore the social background of the blockchain and decentralization through artistic expression. Nelly’s works can be purchased not only for fiat but also for a cryptocurrency (Ethereum and Bitcoin) — and the authenticity of her works is confirmed through the Ethereum blockchain.
American artist, Andy Bauсh, created a group of works of art using LEGO parts with private keys of blockchain wallets encrypted in them. Unraveling the cipher of each of the paintings, which have the common name New Money, provides access to a Bitcoin client that stores an amount equal to $9,000. Creating his works, the master used a special algorithm for the generation of abstract images based on the keys. Each Lego drawing costs between $1,800 and $4,500. Bauch also gave small hints to reveal the secret of the painting.
On March 15, 2018, a monument dedicated to Bitcoin and blockchain technology was raised in Kranj (Slovenia). The monument resembles Bitcoin, but the official website states that it is dedicated to the blockchain. Thus, the authors of the design on behalf of Slovenia send a message to the world about the country’s openness to new technologies and the development of progressive thinking. The proposal to install this monument was made by the mayor of the city and the chairman of the local municipality.
Also in 2018, a three-meter high statue of “Crypto Connection” was installed in London. It was created by Italian artist Federico Clapis, commissioned by Eidoo – the Creator of a platform that combines the functions of a cryptocurrency wallet and a decentralized exchange. The sculpture was placed on a viewing platform on the South Bank of the Thames between the Oxo Tower and the BFI Southbank cinema. This sculpture was put there temporary, and its installation was a marketing decision to promote the new Wallem mobile game. This game allows people to search for tokens in the city.
Let’s also look at the technical side of the art creating process and its intersection with IT technologies. Perhaps the most significant impact of the blockchain has been put in the area of digital art. Artists who create drawings (or other types of digital art) and post them on the Internet are constantly facing problems with copyright and authenticity of works. Now creators who want to certify their pieces of art simply send them to a special platform. After checking for uniqueness, artists get their own smart identification number – the equivalent of the copyright certificate. Looking at this number, buyers will know exactly that they own the original masterpiece.
Thus, the cryptocurrency is poured into all spheres of modern life, including art. Perhaps soon, thanks to new technology, we will be able to see crypto even in the theatre.