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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2022

“On the Context and Implications of Mike Winkelmann”

Nick Morrissey

Senior, Philosophy

Abstract

Digital artist Mike Winkelmann, commonly known as Beeple, has become one of the three most valuable living artists as of this year by selling an NFT of 5000 works at a Christie’s auction in March. While the advent of NFT trading is the most obvious factor enabling such a historic sale, there are many other sociocultural factors at play in Winkelmann’s success and practice in general. This project aims to describe and analyze these contexts along with the implications that the auction of EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS may bring to the art world. Drawing on theories from aesthetics, cultural philosophy, and media ecology, the project examines a range of concepts, including digital ontology, post-internet, remix culture, and metamodernism, relating each one to Beeple’s work in order to situate it within our cultural moment and generate predictions about future art trends.st.

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  1. Cordelia Bowlus

    Love how you keep exploring new aspects of the Winkelman phenomenon! I am sorry I can be their to see the new poster in person. I hope you seek out opportunities to publish this!

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