Two of Swords, “Bitches Want Pictures”
Feb 09 release
0.5 eth, 15 editions
The Two of Swords shows a blindfolded woman, 2 crossed swords representing protection from painful feelings, surrounded by turbulent emotions. "Tension & anxiety" is what connects this to the song Bitches Want Pictures—written about society's obsession with self-image, unhealthy addiction to social media and extreme vanity. Two of Swords is the single artwork for BRUX’s 2019 release Bitches Want Pictures.
Bitches want pictures, the illusion if you’re rich or not. It don’t matter where you are, you gotta get that shot. On your phone girl 24/7, you lap it up, not laugh it off.
There’s a few things we care a lot about at ecodao: 1) ecological causes, 2) supporting and promoting the work of great artists, 3) pushing the bounds of what’s possible with NFTs.
We’re a bit nervous, our fingers darting in the air over the keyboard, but with our next drop, we’re excited to be doing all three.
What would it mean to collect a work by an artist that let you see their show and not only get future work but a unique recording of the show itself? This is what we’re trying to imagine with our drop with BRUX.
ecodao is very proud to present five works by the artist Wendi Yan, “Primordial Vision: 02021,” alongside an original essay Yan has written on the work. A speculative artist whose work often floats freely in liminal spaces between the organic and synthetic, science and science fiction, the utopian and dystopian—and occasionally the slimy and the sublime—Yan maps geographies of futuristic worlds in which the human has devolved into nature. Even that distinction may be a bit dubious, however, given the ways that Yan shows nature is, well, never quite natural itself.
Each of these pieces also holds a talismanic weight as the first ever released by ecodao, and as such, they’ll entitle holders to additional powers as well. Each will be a passport into the ecodao community that will offer owners the right to first purchase of ecodao’s token if they’re holding when ecodao decides to tokenize—pending, yes, legal confirmation and tokenization.
More immediately, each will also be a passport to ecodao’s first party, late-night on November 5th, at a secret location in Williamsburg DJed by BRUX. Once you’ve collected a work, you’ll just need to pull it up in your wallet at the door to get automatic admission. Just head to our Discord here when the work hits your wallet, and we’re excited to welcome you to our own little alternate universe—and, we hope, to meet next week.
Oh, and: when you collect, 50% will go to Yan, 25% will go to the Rainforest Foundation, which supports indigenous communities with land rights and reforestation to fight climate change, and 25% will go to ecodao to support events, art collection, tech development, and what we hope will be the first artist UBI—and first web3 museum. You can read more about our vision here.
“You cannot soundly monetize land, but only its produce.
Siena had grazing lands, down toward Grosseto, and the grazing rights worth 10,000 ducats a year. On the basis of taking it for his main security, Cosimo underwrote a capital of 200,000 ducats, to pay 5 percent to the shareholders, and to be lent at 5 percent; overhead kept down to a minimum, salaries at a minimum and all excess of profit over that to go to hospitals and works for the benefit of the people of Siena.
And the lesson is the very basis of solid banking. The CREDIT rests in ultimate on the ABUNDANCE OF NATURE, on the growing grass that can nourish the living sheep.”
— Ezra Pound, “Social Credit: An Impact” (1935)*