Artist blows up Lamborghini to make NFTs, in protest against crypto culture


Earlier this month, an artist called Shl0ms blew up a Lamborghini worth only $ 250,000 with the help of explosives experts. They are now turning the charred part into a collection of 999 NFTs, protesting the culture of cryptocurrency gambling fraud.

“This technology is very promising. There are many things you can do with it, but there are many terrible things,” Shl0ms told The Block in a video call. “It’s a really extractive zero-sum practice.”

The reason why the pseudo-anonymous artist chose Lamborghini is that “Lamborghini is just a very powerful expression of people engaged in cryptocurrencies because it is a way to make money from others as quickly as possible.”

Who is Shl0ms?

Shl0ms has agreed to be interviewed on a video call via a live filter. This filter transforms the face into a pixelated representation like a matrix of green images on a blue background. However, their voices were unchanged, so they lacked the deep monotony associated with anonymous individuals.

They don’t have a background of traditional artists, but have been in and around cryptocurrencies since 2016 and are familiar with the industry. Still, they always had a tendency for artistic talent and conceptual thinking.

Lamborghini Huracán in the desert before it was destroyed. Image: Shl0ms.

“For me, when I’m looking at the screen, I’m very aware that I’m physically looking at the screen, but before this mental change happens, it’s a prey to the illusion of looking at someone. For example, I’m looking at you now, not the surface of the glass or a lot of pixels, “they say.

Shl0ms adds that the digital world is designed to drag physical files across space and looks like the real world known as skeuomorphism. They tried this idea in their previous artwork. This was a fractal NFT, and the actual data file itself contained a folder inside a folder that duplicated the same fractal. In a sense, this work contained 730 copies.

Blow up an object

Then, as a result of examining the intersection of physics and digital in this way, he exploded a real object and converted its fragment into an NFT.

It started with a urinal.

Inspired by the artwork of signed urinal artist Marcel Duchamp, Shl0ms recreated a similar object and then shattered it into bits. They picked up each small piece and turned 150 into short video clips. In late 2021, they sold these video clips for an NFT collection called FNTN, raising $ 500,000.

“Destruction as a motif of creation is fairly common in the world of traditional art. It is not so common in the world of cryptocurrencies.”

Shl0ms FNTN artwork inspired by Duchamp. Image: Shl0ms.

Shl0ms also tried other ideas, such as a 1 pixel x 100 million pixel image. They claim that if somehow displayed, it would stand at a height of 16.44 miles. Other artwork includes blank overlays on Mona Lisa scans and artwork that makes fun of artists’ heavy use of blank images. In total, Shl0ms created a $ 1 million stadium from NFT art experiments.

At the same time their art career got off to a good start, Shl0ms had more ambitious ideas. What if we could reproduce the same conceptual framework of destroying an object and turning its wreckage into a larger, more expensive NFT? Something controversial and unnecessarily destructive?

They decided to blow up the Lamborghini.

Lamborghini boom

In September 2021, Shl0ms tweeted about the idea of ​​blasting a Lamborghini. In other words, I tweeted about the idea of ​​”physically subdividing” the Lamborghini. This is a reference to subdividing NFTs by converting them into many tokens.

They added that Ritholtz Wealth Management COO Nick Maggiulli asked, “Is it randomly destroyed or systematically decomposed?” He then asked the question to follow them on Twitter. Immediate polls were conducted, and Schl0ms followers narrowly chose “confusion” over “order.”

“I also want to make it clear that I hate Rambo, so I want to destroy Rambo,” Schl0ms said. Said “In fact, DAO will only allow people who dislike Rambo. That will be our united spirit,” he added on Twitter at the time.

Shl0ms got financial support for the idea from a single entity and used its own funding from previous art sales to advance the idea. They finally started building a team of 100 people throughout the process.

Part from Lamborghini after it was blown up. Image: Shl0ms.

Shl0ms bought a used Lamborghini Huracán for just under $ 250,000 and sent one of his “minions” to pick it up. Then they drove to a private desert location in the United States to destroy it.

Lamborghini was blown up on February 2, 2022, recorded by Shl0ms.

However, it is not easy to blow up a car without destroying it. too much.. The team spent two weeks testing the blast, including blasting another car. In addition, to handle such firepower, they had to hire a federal-approved gunpowder engineer (he said this was his most challenging explosion to date. rice field).

Following the explosion, the team picked up the pieces and documented them. They shot a rotating video of each piece in 4K resolution (although NFT quality can be low).

The collection will be released on February 25th, at which point a full video of the explosion will be available. It consists of 999 NFTs, 888 sold and the remaining 111 for teams and early investors.

The NFT collection seems to be inconsistent in nature, but it is Shl0ms that criticizes using cryptography to make quick money and destroys real objects to sell NFTs. I am fully aware of it. In addition, they plan to use the money to build a more ethically-friendly DAO with no economic goals. Therefore, at some point, the Shl0ms vision may be achieved. That is, as long as the purpose justifies the means.

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