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.