NFTs

 Bored Ape Yacht Club #8817, 2021

Bored Ape Yacht Club #8817, 2021

Do bad artists know that they’re bad? Is bad taste, like Ed Hardy, back? In his June column, Dean Kissick explores value and taste by looking at “ultra-modernity,” manufacturing demand, and images that weren’t made by humans.

 The cover of Spike #70 – Web3. Screenshot from zora.co

The cover of Spike #70 – Web3. Screenshot from zora.co

Spike reflects on the (ongoing!) process of minting and selling our first NFTs – magazine covers from throughout the publication’s history.  

 Jon Rafman, ᖴᗩᑕIᗩᒪᔕ I  (2021). Video still. All images: Edition of 115, 1AP. Courtesy the artist and Feral File

Jon Rafman, ᖴᗩᑕIᗩᒪᔕ I (2021). Video still. All images: Edition of 115, 1AP. Courtesy the artist and Feral File

Crypto-acolytes promise nothing short of utopia ­– but how do the realities of the NFT art market stand up to this enthusiasm? Domenico Quaranta takes these optimistic claims to task, all without losing sight of the promising potential that remains amidst the contradiction.

Whether you’re totally pilled or an adamant no-coiner, you’ve probably noticed that Web3 has a lexicon all its own. We’ve put together a guide to some of the insider jargon to help you navigate this wild world. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt no more.

 Rafaël Rozendaal, Times Square  Midnight Moment (2015). Photo: Michael Wells

Rafaël Rozendaal, Times Square Midnight Moment (2015). Photo: Michael Wells

Rafaël Rozendaal has been making digital art for two decades, and he’s unfazed by the rise of Web3. In this conversation with Spike, he explores how websites are like poetry, dishes some lessons in exhibiting digital work, and argues in favour of keeping the punk spirit alive in NFTs. 

 Love in the Time of Web3 , minted on the Zora protocol.

Love in the Time of Web3 (2021)

Ready to wade into tokenised waters, but feeilng overwhelmed by the big Open Sea? Let Spike be your guide: here are our favourite marketplaces, platforms, and protocols for cryptoart.

 The Harrowing of Hell by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch, 16th century

The Harrowing of Hell by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch, 16th century

Have we blown past the point of Peak Identity? Continuing on the heels of last month’s column, Dean Kissick considers how memes and masks have superseded the performance of the self.

 Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

This May, Dean Kissick goes to Frieze, rolls his eyes at the Turner Prize shortlist, and sees New York opening up again.