Šum #10.2 – Cryptocene
“Capital is essentially capitals, at war among themselves.” Nick Land
In his short theory-fiction PJ Ennis imagines a crypto-world or rather post-crypto-world of the 31st century depicted through the perspectives of three prisoners. Among other things it offers a concise history of monetary theories as new religions/ideologies.
Nick Land’s text is the 1st chapter of his book Crypto-Current dealing with bitcoin and philosophy that he has been working on for several years. This is the first time a part of the book is published. Its initial hypothesis is that Satoshi Nakamoto’s brief document, i.e. 64 words that launched bitcoin, will in the future have the status of a pre-Socratic fragment, which will be endlessly dissected by philosophical schools.
Edmund Berger discusses blockchain in terms of long-term economic cycles and speculates whether it constitutes a new techno-economic and thereby aesthetico-political paradigm. The text aims to reclaim modernity and open up an alternative modernity that breaks with the past in order to achieve a New Reality Principle, that is, New Reason.
Texts by: PJ Ennis • Nick Land • Edmund Berger
ŠUM, Journal for Contemporary Art Criticism and Theory, n. 10.2, Cryptocene
Editors of the issue: Marko Bauer, Andrej Škufca
Editorial board: Izidor Barši, Robert Bobnič, Kaja Kraner, Voranc Kumar, Tjaša Pogačar, Andrej Škufca
Design: Ajdin Bašić
Design realisation: Anja Delbello & Aljaž Vesel / AA
Proofreading and translation: Miha Šuštar
Print: Demat, d. o. o.
Circulation: 600 copies
Production: Društvo Galerija Boks
ISSN of the printed issue: 2335-4232
ISSN of the online issue: 2536-2194
ŠUM#9 is supported by:
Boks Gallery Association • Igor Zabel Association • Kapelica Gallery • Škuc Gallery• International centre of graphic Arts Ljubljana • City Gallery Ljubljana • Moderna galerija and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova • Maribor Art Gallery • Zavod Celeia Celje, Center for Contemporary
Arts • Aksioma • Osmo/za
Realized in the framework of State Machines, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL) and NeMe (CY).
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author,
and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.