NFT, OR A POETICS OF NON-FIXED TIME
As a unique digital identifier that cannot be copied, substituted or subdivided, NFT can be said to fix time as its ownership is recorded on the blockchain at a particular moment. On the other hand, as part of the digital blockchain, NFT is also connected to other temporalities like compression time, process time, or rendering time. Unlike a Cartesian notion of time, computing time is not linear, but rather a complex mix of past memories and future predictions. This opens up the possibility of developing potentially unlimited temporal experiences. Artists such as Joan Heemskerk, Jan Robert Leegte, Lee Tzu Tung & Winnie Soon, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin pursue a poetics of dynamic time in a non-fungible condition. While playing with various disjunctions of technical, social, and political regimes they challenge our understanding of fixed time. Yet, how do these experiments endure Cartesian time?
Annet Dekker is a curator and researcher. Currently she is Assistant Professor Archival and Information Studies and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University.