This is an opinion editorial by Stefan Dzeparoski, award-winning international creative director and producer.
This article owes its inspiration to the essay “A Quest for Social Truth” from “Bitcoin is Venice” by Allen Farrington and Sacha Meyers.
“You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so desperately dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it. — Morpheus
From the 14th to the 17th century, a major shift in consciousness took place in the Western world. This change is known as Rebirth. During this period, the church was gradually removed from the role of intermediary in the lives of citizens. The Church was the epicenter of all political, monetary and social power. During the Renaissance, a social class of merchants imposed itself as the dominant class. This class did not need an intermediary to instruct its daily life and dictate the distribution of wealth. Merchants introduced double-entry bookkeeping as the first manifestation of decentralized currency. Merchants have also paved the way for decentralized communication by adopting a printing press. This class saw the value of different types of assets. The legend of the Medici family was not born from an investment in banking and commerce, but from a conscious investment in intangible cultural projects. Art and artists have become a store of value unrelated to any nation, political or ideological structure. All this will later lead to the separation of State and Church.
Today, we are all subjects of a different church: the church of the trust bank.
The fiduciary bank is the epicenter of power today. Bitcoin challenges this by being a store of value not tied to any nation, political or ideological structure.
It’s time to take a close look at the connection between art and bitcoin, so that we can imagine and create a new reality through bitcoin. For artists, bitcoin offers the opportunity to present a new version of reality inextricably linked with a new way of determining value. With each work of art, the artists investigate and ultimately reshape personal and collective identity. Each work of art allows us to recreate the world. This point of re-examination and recreation is where artists and bitcoin meet. Works of art from the Medici era are still around and are always exciting, intriguing and inspiring. Art constantly reinvents and innovates time by transcending the boundaries of space and time. The Bitcoin blockchain is itself an innovation of the times. The Medici family invested in the form of value that promised to resist the limitations of time and space. Art has become the ledger of knowledge, education, information and value. By being a creator today, artists have an incredible opportunity to become their own “private” Medici family through bitcoin. Artists have the opportunity to lead a different kind of revolution and inspire the separation of state and money. As long as artists are directly dependent on monetary structures associated with and connected to national, political and economic ideologies, they will never be free.
Bitcoin is fundamentally about freedom. It was born out of the chaos of the 2008 global financial crisis. Bitcoin seeks to preserve the freedom to store value and transact freely because it is relentlessly individualistic and libertarian. Bitcoin could be the defender of artists’ self-sovereignty.
As much as artists can benefit from their education and involvement in the Bitcoin community, Bitcoin can also benefit from the involvement of artists. Artists were those who disseminated knowledge and offered a perspective on ever-changing consciousness in the Renaissance. Let artists be the messengers of Bitcoin and spread awareness of its value by creating music, performance, video art, film, and digital art. Let’s connect Bitcoin and art. The possibilities are limitless. Bitcoin seems like a natural fit for Canadian artists or any artist anywhere in the world. However, skepticism and a lack of credible education prevent artists from getting directly involved. I hope this article can navigate its way through a diverse landscape of Canadian artists. Arouse curiosity about the sovereignty of artistic identity, which can lead to a better life for them.
In the social and economic system that systematically undermines and neglects the financial stability of artists, bitcoin has the potential to bring a long-term sense of security. Bitcoin can serve as a defense for the financial freedom of artists. This can serve as a defense of an artist’s sanity and psychological power. Finally, bitcoin could provide artists with an economic opportunity they probably never had. Artists are not thriving in the age of capitalism and the last breath of globalization is further affecting artists’ freedoms. Being dependent on various centralized monetary sources such as arts councils, private or public foundations, sponsors and donors, means that artists are forced to satisfy a desirable political framework of ideas in order to continue to receive funding, even if they don’t follow this ideology. . In this unhealthy system of corrosive and manipulative fiat addiction, artists lose their identity, their integrity and their purpose.
Words have power. They move and instruct the thought that creates reality. For too long, art has operated from the perspective of ultimate existential scarcity. Art has been forced to constantly explain why it exists. It is not surprising that the false and destructive question “Who needs artists?” seems legit. To the question, “Who needs another used car dealership?” have we ever asked with so much passion and commitment to prove that it was not necessary?
The financial self-sovereignty of the artist is the foundation of identity that can no longer be undermined by society. Bitcoin fixes that.
If we consider bitcoin as a digital bearer asset with absolute scarcity, the artist’s share in the money network cannot be diluted with money printing if the artist owns bitcoin. Artists will learn that over time their wealth and purchasing power can increase.
Bitcoin isn’t just about sound money, it’s about freedom and a positive ideology. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins. Bitcoin itself is an idea. It is a concept and a proposal for different societal structures in which the artist is at the center with power and creative thought. Bitcoin is not only financial order, but also a positive shift in global consciousness. Within bitcoin, rules are set with certain guiding principles to uphold fairness and freedom equally for all participants. Yet Bitcoin has no rule. Like art, Bitcoin applies the principles of long-term thinking, patience, and perseverance. Art and bitcoin are more intertwined and intertwined in complex ways than it seems at first glance.
Let’s connect bitcoin and art. The link between bitcoin and art should be the foundation of the future world. Bitcoin can support artists, and artists can spread awareness about bitcoin. United, they will challenge the fiat monopoly of free thought and creativity.
This is a guest post by Stefan Dzeparoski. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.