BITTERCOIN, the worst miner ever.

“The Capital or The Grundrisse can not be understood without knowing how important was for Marx the machine as object and figure. Marx understood that a machine is a device for energy conversion..”
Broncano, Fernando “el laberinto de la identidad, After the machine.

BittterCoin is an old calculator machine hacked to be used as a miner validating the pending bitcoins transactions in the Blockchain (Online distributed data base). BitterCoin combines Internet of Things, media archaeology and economy. The operations are displayed on the calculator screen and printed afterwards.

“The most remarkable innovation brought by Bitcoin deals with the system of accounting that we use today. Doubleentry bookkeeping is what we use today to make sure that earnings and expenditures match, basically authenticating the flow of money and making sure “nothing is duplicated”.
Denis Jaromil Roio, Bitcoin, the end of the Taboo on Money.

The Bitcoin was originally conceived as an electronic decentralized system for capital transactions. Each node (user) has the same opportunities to get a reward when validating a transaction.
In the last years this system has triggered in a competitive struggle in which computing power is the most important variable for earning Bitcoins. This involves the use of large equipment, computers farms spending physical and environmental resources. A struggle that benefits only the owner of the most powerful and efficient technology. BitterCoin takes up this discourse in a rhetorical way, It works as the most basic computer, increasing the time needed to produce Bitcoins almost an eternity.

Project by Martín Nadal & César Escudero Andaluz.
2017.* NODE Forum for Digital Arts, DESIGNING HOPE, Frankfurt (Germany).
2017.* ADAF 13th Ahtens Digital Art Festival, #POSTFUTURE, Athens (Greece).
2017.* WRO 17th Media Art Biennale, DRAFT SYSTEMS, Wroclaw (Poland).

by Patricia Cadavid

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4Pics Marcin Maziej, Natalia Kabanow, Patricia Cadavid.



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