Idea for a temporal creative work based on a smart contract

I have a few ideas about creative works that are totally possible, yet people don’t seem to be doing. I keep telling myself I’m going to get started on some of these *any day now* but it never seems to happen. At some I just need to do these things, or put them out there for others to do, or at least get some feedback on.

So here is one I’d like to partner up on:

Note: I’m describing this as an ERC-721 smart contract, but there’s no need to restrict it to that specific technology. EOS offers a more secure platform to build this on, as do some others, but it will likely generate the highest amount of interest if built on Ethereum IMHO. I’m also more familiar with Solidity-based smart contracts than with others (which may not matter depending on partners) but the idea will work on a variety of customizable smart contract platforms.

An animated gif chopped into a small number of cells, each represented by an ERC-721 token, but the smart contract has a few customized functions. Each token + image is sold to a distinct purchaser, to the extent that the artist can discern.

The purpose of the custom functions added to the contract is to allow the entire animation to come together over time, and to re-form into a single work of art. The custom functions would ensure that secondary sales occur only when the purchaser is already an owner of one or more of the existing pieces (token+image)

If none of the owners dies without making some arrangements for claiming the work by heirs, then it’s quite possible that a single owner will emerge over time to own all the pieces. That is, the complete set of tokens, each uniquely tied to one cell or frame via hashes, plus the animation itself. Who knows, the artist may be long dead by then!

I’m not aware of a temporal work like this, that re-assembles itself over time in a manner controlled by the purchasers of said artwork. How long that proces takes, and who emerges with the composite work is a process that is an integral part of the work. In some sense that process and how it unfolds over time is what makes the work interesting.

Author: chain rat

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