Rhea Myers

Le Random Mission Statement (Infected by PostScript Viruses), 1993/2024

Commissioned work using PostScript code

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The mission statement of digital generative art institution Le Random, infected with and glitched by the PostScript programming language code of PostScript Viruses from 1993.

PostScript Viruses’ aesthetics are an early example of Glitch Art, intentionally contrasting with the smooth structures of graphic design and typesetting. Rather than editing the target file manually, its code infects the printer or printing press that the file and those after it are rendered on and changes the meaning of the programming language that those files are expressed in.

The artist described PostScript Viruses as “an exercise in aesthetic intervention in networked society”, but did not release it into the wild for ethical reasons. Its existence nonetheless demonstrated that the era’s all-pervasive print media was not safe from media jamming tactics even at its point of production. In doing so it affirms the critical power of art and of digital art in particular.

About Rhea Myers

Rhea Myers is an artist, hacker, and writer. She skillfully intertwines technology and culture, prompting them to question and interact with each other. The driving force behind Myers' artistic endeavors is her desire to comprehend the changing world that surrounds her. Since 2014, her focus has been on producing art centered around the concept of the blockchain. As a medium, the blockchain serves both as a reflection of and an alternative to the societal landscape following the financial crisis of 2008. Myers views the blockchain as a subject that resonates uniquely, embodying the centuries-old cryptographic imagery deeply rooted in Western political thought. Myers' exploration of the blockchain as a subject for artmaking began with the creation of raw transactions, simulating intangible forms. Over time, her artistic journey led her to delve into crafting smart contracts and subsequently non-fungible tokens (NFTs). These NFTs, in particular, create forms of property and control infused with a sense of irony. Throughout this artistic evolution, Myers' focus shifted increasingly towards the emotions tied to ownership anxiety that the concept of blockchain property evokes.

From the UK and currently residing in British Columbia, Canada, Myers has exhibited internationally at venues including: ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Kunsthalle, Zürich; Sotheby’s, London; Chronus Art Centre, Shanghai; CADAF, New York; Jerwood Visual Arts, London.

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Contract address: 0xde68555d9af869e2754f18c3a5d2391ee25bd7ee
Token Standard: ERC-721
Blockchain: Ethereum
Metadata: Frozen and decentralized
COA: Verisart Certified

Le Random Mission Statement (Infected by PostScript Viruses)