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Claudia Pawlak is the artist behind the artwork in Galaxy’s report. “Pursuit of Permanence” is a commission of anthotypes created for Galaxy, a collaboration between artist and machine. A series of extinct plant images were generated using an AI model, highlighting the historical impact we all have on the environment. The images were printed on transparency film, overlaid on paper, coated with a photosensitive emulsion from plant material, and exposed to sunlight to create photograms. The photograms cannot be fixed and are temporary, gradually fading over time.
In the ethos of the blockchain being a permanent record of information, immutable, and unchanging, “Pursuit of Permanence" aims to immortalize the photograms by minting these works as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain. The physical prints will fade over time, whereas their digital counterparts will be saved as a record of their own existence.