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Haroon Mirza

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- What does your genesis artwork mean to you today?
For me, the Solstice Star is a symbol for how symbols themselves transform over time and become co-opted by various social, cultural and ideological artefacts. The 8-pointed star referencing myriad incarnations of "sacred geometry" from the Ogdoad to the Rub el Hizb has, in this instance, been co-opted to represent an optimistic potential for a resourceful use and production of energy that, instead of exploiting nature, seeks to reform a symbiotic relationship with it. The Amanita Muscaria mushroom floating in the centre of the object represents this mycorrhizal network - humanity's place in a non-hierarchical decentralised state of cohabitants. It's an idealism, a potential.

- What was a significant event that happened in the 10-year history of Blockchain art that influenced you as an artist?

To me, COVID felt quite significant as it forced more people to be simultaneously online than ever before. The combination of the stock market collapsing, the digitisation of assets and a heightened engagement with digital space led to both an unprecedented awareness of NFTs and the politicized awareness of the energy consumption of proof-of-work networks.  Those discourses triggered the collapse of the NFT bubble, which I believe paved the way for a more legitimate landscape for digital art and on-chain certification and accelerated the development of a proof-of-stake protocol for the Ethereum network. 

- What message(s) are you sharing in your new {R(Evolutionaries);} artwork?

It's a question: what kind of a species are we: A parasitical one that consumes all available and amenable resources or a symbiotic one that thrives on efficiency and augments the growth of other species?

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Genesis: Solstice Star
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R(Evolutionaries);} artwork: Wick Woods, 1/1, price and mint on request, enquire to jen@morrow-collective.com
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