In the 1630s of Dutch Tulip Mania a little flower was obsessed over for its beauty and its ability to fetch huge prices at market. The rarest of the rare flowers was the Semper Augustus and it traded at prices that would buy a waterfront mansion in 17thC Amsterdam. Cryptocurrency is often described as Tulip Mania all over again. This generative art series is entitled Viceroy Reborn: A meditation on Value. Cryptocurrency tokens are run through a generative process that output an image with millions of pixels moving as alive organisms. Images that resemble flowers are selected and printed on acrylic and installed in a frame housing a computer and leds. The segmented display gives live updates on the price of the token on the market and the overall price of the piece.
Hardware: Dotstar RGB led strips, segmented led display, raspberry pi, mdf, acrylic.
Software: C++, Openframeworks, Ruby, Solidity