Bad Shibe, 2017.
((Digital prints, six I pod, books)
Story by Rob Myers
Illustrations by Lina Theodorou
Afterword by Ruth Catlow
Bad Shibe is a sci-fi novella set in a future society that may or may not be based on a descendant of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, where it’s as hot and as dusty as a virtual money mining rig. A trusting young shibe called YS questions the basis of their utopia and their place within it and feels … bad.
The story invites us to imagine what kind of society emerges when a system designed to verify the transfer of digital assets is combined with a world where reputation is based on “followers” and “likes”. The story deals with the implications of a new wave of fully financialised planetary-scale automation and the struggle to discern right from wrong when human and machine agency merges.
This special print edition of Bad Shibe is a prequel for the upcoming book, Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain. It is a collaboration between Torque and Furtherfield, connecting Furtherfield’s Art Data Money project with Torque’s experimental publishing programme. Imagined as a future-artefact of a time before the blockchain changed the world, and a protocol by which a community of thinkers can transform what that future might be, the publication acts as a gathering and focusing of contemporary ideas surrounding this still somewhat mythical technology.
Lina Theodorou’s illustrations are featured in the exhibition New World Order,curated by Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett at Furtherfield Gallery, London, Fillodramatica gallery, Drugo more, Rijeka, Croatia, Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain