Reversal

Reversal seeks to establish a relationship between different fiscal agents as a LARPG (llive action role-playing game), and also with a stress test. It is a work of postal-financial art where there is an enigma opportunity that triangulates bank employees, public servers linked to the 27 State Secretariats of Finance of Brazil, and employees of the National Treasury, in Brasília. The purpose of the action was to make an anonymous return of a fraction of the cryptocurrency Ethereum that, in the near future, can pay off national debts. It is a benevolent credit attitude in the face of years of public-private looting that has led the country to one of its worst political crises in history.

 

Conceived as commissioned work for the exhibition DURA LEX SED LEX, part of the I Biennial of Unasul, Reversal begins with the creation of an Ethereum wallet using part of the budget allocated for the work (0.35 ETH). The wallet was sent as a puzzle on a usb stick to the National Treasury in Brasilia. A file containing the private key that gives access to the wallet was protected by the following passphrase:

“Hoy, sin embargo, el capitalismo es un parásito del futuro, un vampiro que sobrevive de la tecnología y de los recursos de la libertad”

a free translation of the phrase “Today, however, capitalism is a parasite of the future, a vampire that surviver on the technology and resources of freedom”, extracted from Murray Bookchin’s book Post-Scarcity Anarchism. The 27-word passphrase was sent in fractional form, like an enigma, to the offices of the 27 state departments of finance, also with an anonymous letter speculating about the future.

Letter to National Treasury
laser print
29x21,7 cm
unique

TxID
c-print
20x15 cm
unique

In the exhibition, traces of the action were shown in a horizontal display, in addition to the passphrase printed on a vinyl sticker on the wall. 354 days after the wallet was created, the funds were withdrawn to an exchange.

Passphrase
c-print
30x40 cm
unique

References to the science-fiction movie World on a Wire (1973,  Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Lause #1, #2 e #3
c-print
15x20 cm (each)
unique

Cover and Pages 58/59
c-prints
20x15 cm and 20x30 cm
unique

Federal Tax Liability Payment Forms (Goodbye, Brasília) #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5
laser prints
24x21 cm (each)
unique

BTCUSD, ICEEUR (Forecast 2027)
c-print
30x40 cm
unique

XP
UV print
40x30 cm
unique