Casual slacks and trainers, rucksacks, loafers, trainers, a sharp black suit jacket, trainers and more trainers. A floral skirt, a chequered shirt, some gold slip-ons, trainers, bare legs, jeans and, of course, trainers.
Brooklyn, Knockdown Centre, a sprawling, sandblasted industrial brick factory set amongst the low-lying warehouses of Bushwick. Open skies shimmer and transmute the relics of industry into crypto-mining, and with this comes a summit – The Ethereal Summit – called to enable the hot-deskers, coders, hedge-fund managers, financiers, entrepreneurs, dreamers, artists and activists to coalesce over one massive, weekend onslaught of PR and social media. Slick and frantic, Bitcoin and Ethereum converts, pushers, idealists, subvertors and speculators, all together in one huge wispy latte of a deregulated (un) convention centre.
Myself and Denis Jones, my collaborator on the art project Trickle Down – A New Vertical Sovereignty got ourselves to New York last May to witness the first ever crypto-currency art auction of digital art works and record conversations with participants at the Summit. Sparking conversations about the jurisdiction of the digital world, we explored it’s looming omnipotence and how the blockchain is transforming the relationship we have with states, fiat systems and countries to which we have traditionally given our allegiance.