Agnieszka Kurant

Sentimentite

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Digital

Medium: ERC-721

Dimensions: 2160 x 2160


⁠100 individual animations corresponding to respective recent seismic online events.

Physical

25cm sculpture

Medium: Mixed material sculpture (3D print cast in Sentimentite)

Dimensions: 25cm diameter

Price to redeem: ($9,600)

50cm sculpture (only 10 available)

Medium: Mixed material sculpture (3D print cast in Sentimentite)

Dimensions: 50cm diameter

Price to redeem: ($48,000)

⁠⁠⁠Each unique artwork's physical form is derived from its 3D animation, with images shown representative of the final sculpture.

Production timescales

Fabricated at the infamous Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen AG foundry in Switzerland, the physical artworks are produced using a custom-fabricated 3D sculptural mould of each redeemed NFT digital form.

Authentication

High resolution photographs of final sculptures are appended onchain when artworks are redeemed, alongside certificates of authenticity and condition reports.

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100 seismic historic events, millions of harvested Twitter and Reddit posts, and billions of aggregated human emotions shape Sentimentite’s 100 geological-like forms. When redeemed, these Expanded NFTs state-change to physical sculptures cast in Agnieszka Kurant’s fictional material: Sentimentite.

Release date
July 26 2022
Series
Sentimentite

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Sentimentite
Contract Address:
0x1db6...7f2e (ERC-721)

Redeem

Redemption deadline: May 9 2034

About the artwork

100 seismic historic events, millions of harvested Twitter and Reddit posts, and billions of aggregated human emotions shape Sentimentite’s 100 geological-like forms. When redeemed, these Expanded NFTs state-change to physical sculptures cast in Agnieszka Kurant’s fictional material: Sentimentite. She has pulverised over 60 objects used as currencies throughout history into this new mineral-currency. “Today,” Kurant says, “our contemporary global economy is based on conversions of crowd dynamics and social energy into information and capital. Tweets, shares and likes are the new oil and gas."

Sentimentite—Kurant’s speculative mineral-currency of the future—investigates the relationship between digital capitalism and geology. Inspired by the way natural forces shape rocks and meteorites over deep time, Sentimentite’s evolving geological-like forms are shaped by changes in 21st century society: one hundred ruptures, revolutions, disasters and future dreams. Sentiment analysis data is harvested from hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Reddit posts related to recent historic events across 10 Chapters of 100 Events (see below table). Collaborating with Justin Lane, CEO and Co-Founder at CulturePulse, this expansive data capture is syphoned into individual digital forms, where it becomes the catalyst for morphological and aesthetic transformation. Kurant has compressed the recent human and ecological past into her own data-driven, speculative geology.

To realise the data tranche across the 100 virtual forms, Kurant worked with 3D artist and developer Gabriel Stones. The multitude of emotion-driven datapoints are projected onto the digitally composed 3D models as sets of parameters and rules for transforming and morphing the forms’ size, shape, weight, form, colour, density and texture. Sentimentite’s uncanny, otherworldly quality, “proposes an alternative way of producing artworks,” she says, “where singular authorship is replaced by complex collective forms.”

When redeemed, the Sentimentite Expanded NFTs state-change to physical sculptures cast in Kurant’s fictional material: Sentimentite. Kurant identified over 60 objects used as official and informal currencies throughout history (see table below), and then sourced these materials from global hotspots of commerce and production. Working with Noël Hochuli at Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen AG, the materials are then all ground down and pulverised to make the Sentimentite mineral-currency. Kunstgiesserei custom-fabricates a 3D sculptural mould of each redeemed NFT digital form. The new pulverised mix is then mixed with an acrystal resin, and poured into the mould. After setting, the mould is gently broken off. Finally, the surface is treated with a fine layer of acid which reveals more of the 3D texture details. The end result is striking, uncanny, and otherworldly: a synthesis of millions of people and their invisible machined emotions.

Sentimentite is a collaboration between Agnieszka Kurant and Zien.
Supported by Zora. Data analysis by Justin Lane, CEO and Co-Founder at CulturePulse. 3D modelling by Gabriel Stones, 3D artist and developer working in film, installation and games. Physical fabrication project management by Sonja Schürpf and Noël Hochuli at Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen AG.

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