VTLK.xyz is Walter Langelaar's latest project with crypto art&design research lab co-de.fi, which takes its base material from a 3D scanned pointcloud file created with Vitalik Buterin - founder and lead programmer of the Ethereum blockchain - back in 2017, when he was visiting Aotearoa New Zealand.
Consisting of over 420K points, this dataset is now tokenized via pre-signed voucher structs (i.e. ‘lazy minting’) that can be redeemed/minted by the NFT buyer; creating a gradual, community driven, inscription of this object onto the Ethereum blockchain.
The project comments on the art-historical context of the buste as a medium for transport and acquisition, as well as more contemporary concerns such as fractionalized ownership structures and inclusive cultural participation.
VTLK.xyz was made possible through support from Creative New Zealand.
Walter Langelaar is an artist/activist from the Netherlands, now based in New Zealand where he is an academic at Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University.
He works in media arts and computational design. Through artistic critique Walter questions our digitally networked cultures and infrastructure, working in sculpture, installation, online performance and critical intervention.
Walter's projects are shown in numerous media art venues around the globe, including Transmediale and CTM (Berlin), Videotage (Hong Kong), Medialab Prado (Madrid), DEAF andv2 (Rotterdam) and Ars Electronica (Linz). Parallel to his artistic outputs he also maintains an international profile as a curator and compiler.