Title: Goodbye sweet little friends!
Size: 1440x1080px – 00:00:45 – 39,4mb
Città Sant’Angelo, Pescara (IT), Summer 1997
VHS (destroyed in 2019)
What does owning mean?
Can one own anything?
How do the owner and the owned influence one another?
A personal memory is part of one’s history. Whether the keeper is its author or not, it only matters when owned by someone who shares a part of his life with the signifier of the memory itself.
A private memory, in its genesis, does not necessarily foresee the existence of a user external to the (lived) experience. The value of an heirloom is therefore subordinated to its commemorative function, consequently marginally for its aesthetic. It differs from an artwork, from a fetish, as its intrinsic (and primal) function evades the duty to convey a message encoded by a shareable story to a generic audience.
The technological possibility of transforming a digital heirloom into NFT legitimizes its memory value by formalizing its connection with its owner and establishing an official link between the object and the life of whom it belongs to.
As mentioned before, a memory becomes such when the life of the object and that of its user share a common experience. But what happens when the heirloom is owned by a stranger?
Owned or enjoyed by a foreign, a memory reveals different peculiarities in a renewed dimension that alters its contents. By validating a digital heirloom on a blockchain (shared among random people), for example, we can transform, by formalizing, the characteristics of the object-memory. Once exchanged with a stranger, the memento completes its metamorphosis by altering its public value.
I, therefore, decided to mint, validate and sell this digital memory of mine, in a single edition, to extinguish my presence from its new life and sacrifice my ownership. What has been a private, personal and very dear heirloom for more than twenty years is getting ready to become an artwork, to be recognized, mainly, for its aesthetic value. A new owner, through purchase, will become the formal guarantor of the transformation of this “object”, and, by declaring its new public value, he/she rewards the artist for sacrificing a piece of his life.