A Moment of Darkness

Diego Tonus2018-01-01/2018-01-01



"Fragments of a Conversation with a Counterfeiter" contributes to a discussion about transformation and transportation of value, both related to questioning the valorisation of time and space in time of crisis. The project implies a series of new works derived from the conversation with an actual forger (anonymous for practical reasons) Diego Tonus has encountered and that shared a series of controversial thoughts related to contemporary systems of the definition of values he has experienced within his activity. Each work is a manifestation of this discussion through the act of presenting objects, actions and words experienced by the forger within his practice of reproduction of value and ways of transporting it, hacking system of controls and dealing with the definition of individuality. Each artwork is presented in co-authorship with the forger (both in titles and concepts) and aims at working with the intellectual property of the counterfeiter trying to question the ‘counter’ of counterfeiting. The interventions are materialized respectively in different media, according to the nature of the discussion. "A Moment of Darkness" 
An aluminum cement sculpture, life-cast (1:1) of the actual forger posing without revealing his identity. The sculpture is an anonymous portrait of the forger but also the container for the private keys (a code hidden inside the sculpture) to have access to a Bitcoin created together with the counterfeiter. The artistic value of the sculpture and the hidden parallel value of the Bitcoin will be two coexisting values related to this work. The only way of having access to the Bitcoin value in the future will be by breaking or stealing the sculpture.

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  • Title: A Moment of Darkness
  • Creator: Diego Tonus
  • Date: 2018-01-01/2018-01-01
  • Location: Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
  • working and living place of the artist: Amsterdam and London
  • Photo Credits: Romy Finke
  • Provenance: Courtesy the artist
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: http://www.diegotonus.com/
  • Medium: Aluminium, Cement, Bitcoin