Beeple in Torino

Thursday 5th May, 2022 - Bruce Sterling


That next project is HUMAN ONE, Beeple’s first digital and physical sculpture. Acquired by Dialectic’s Ryan Zurrer for $29.3 million at a Christie’s evening sale last year, the work has now entered the pantheon of one of Italy’s most recognizable museums, the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin. It’s being presented as part of a group exhibition, “Expressions with Fractures,” curated by the institution’s charismatic director Carolyn Chritov-Bakargiev.

Beeple sat down with Decrypt in the museum for an intimate conversation about the work and the future of NFTs….


…The NFT space, he said, could “learn some lessons” from the museum world, which thinks on a much longer timescale. “That’s something I think we could badly use in the NFT space, because people are hyper-focused on now, now, now, win, win, win, blah, blah, blah.”

He predicts a “fracturing” of the NFT space, “to the point where it feels less like a singular space, and much more like a group of communities—much like you don’t hear people say, ‘I love web pages, or I hate web pages.’”…