During Antwerp Art Weekend, PLUS-ONE Gallery will presents under the title “Proof of Work - What’s at Stake?”, an exhibition dedicated to digital art and will it explore the possibilities of NFT-technology can bring to artists and the gallery. Participating artists are Nicholas William Johnson, Victor Verhelst, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Frederik Heyman, Vaast Colson, Yannick Val Gesto and Beni Bisschof.
In a first exhibition, it brings together a number of artists who each give meaning to their work by using digital resources or choose digital as an absolute medium.
The title of the exhibition "Proof Of Work, What's at Stake?" Plays on 2 levels. The technology is a great way to 'prove' authenticity, ownership and sale of a (digital) artwork in a transparent way.
But these technological changes put a lot 'at stake’. First of all the energy consumption issues for the heavy calculations, where fortunately change is coming, but also the position of the physical art gallery and how the traditional art world will deal with these new art audience of digital natives.
Despite the current NFT hype, PLUS-ONE Gallery chooses to look beyond the hype and embraces these new technologies and its digital resources that artists today consider to be full-fledged. And just like in the gallery’s program, curatorial choices based on artistic practices are made independent of the hype of the moment.
A first digital spinoff from The Wunderwall will take place in the gallery’s basement, showcasing a fine selection young emerging and mid-career digital artists.