Wet crypto-myths

2022 -  2023

Wet crypto-myths is a one-year research onto blockchain systems and DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) as tools for collective myth-making, with the aim of imagining other care-based value systems and forms of governance in the context of wastewater management.

As a strategy to address the problem of water scarcity, in recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of Microbial Fuel Cells as technologies for sustainable water treatment. These artefacts enhance the activity of electroactive bacteria (EAB), which, through their metabolic processes, can remove organic pollutants from water and transform them into electrical current, leaving low concentrations of nutrients in the effluent. Are there other ways of connecting with these bacteria, which may go beyond their instrumentalization as bioremediation artifacts? This quest is embodied in Holy Bacter DAO, a fake cyber-conspirators’ club who have come to believe that, when engaged with mysticism, ritual practices and imagination, Web 3.0 technologies can be powerful mechanisms for activating interspecies kinship.

Project coordinator | Carla Alcalà
Holy Bacter DAO | Esther Rizo, Lara Vanney, Natalia Recalde, Tico Fuentes, Javier Torres
Realised with the support of Medialab Matadero research grant 2022-2023

Performative ceremony captured by Astro Escudero