• Artist Rachel Rossin has cast her DNA into NFT

  • In an NFT world of apes and cats, multimedia artist Rachel Rossin forges something different: her DNA.Inspired by organic computing, the self-taught programmer logs her genome into a smart contract via OpenSea – but is this the future?

    From DNA sequences to NFT collectibles

    New York-based artist Rachel Rossin has released her own DNA sequence as an NFT. accordingly, the sequenced genome is named “Rachel Rossin’s Raw DNA (2021)” and is available through OpenSea.

    Surprisingly, the digital asset proves that wetware (living tissue) and software or hardware technologies can be interconnected like never before. In fact, the main inspiration for Rachel Rossin’s work comes from organic computing – a theory that confirms that humans can use living organisms to develop computers.

    As such, the artist has recorded her own DNA on the blockchain, and while she acknowledges that human bodies and technological works are extremely different, Rossin believes that eventually “it will all meet.”

    As a result, the artist’s NFT is an impressive hybrid of codes. However, Rossin also points out the irony behind the asset.

    “Digital technology can only store for 100 years, whereas DNA can be stored in ice for thousands of years,” she says.” You can store 215 gigabytes in a strand of DNA. Blockchain is supposed to be about permanence, but it’s an illusion of permanence, especially compared to what’s going on in our bodies.”

    Rachel Rossin has always been passionate about connecting the physical and digital worlds. Just a few months ago, she showed a set of hologram-embedded canvases at Magenta Plains Gallery in New York.

    NFTs, moving at the speed of light

    Rachel Rossin joined the cryptocurrency community back in 2009. The artist and self-taught programmer has been impressed with the evolution of the market, especially this year, when NFTs have exploded in popularity.

    However, Rossin notes that most collectors focus too much on the financial aspects of NFTs (and cryptocurrencies in general). In fact, the artist argues that price is “the most uninteresting part of making art.”

    In the past few months, we’ve seen NFTs literally sell for outrageous prices. This week, a rare Pepe Nakamoto Card NFT sold for $500,000 as part of the NFT New York event. Meanwhile, last month, a BAYC NFT sold for a staggering 696.969 ETH.

    In short, the NFT market is expanding at the speed of light. From this perspective, DNA sharing using smart contracts may even soon be a part of our future.

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