Crypto Art Lab
Artwork a screen-print by Martin Fischer, graphic designer and a member of art collective Ztohoven, co-founder and author of the visual identity of Paralelni Polis. Crypto Art Lab is a graphic design studio and a screen print workshop focused on visualization of topics stemming from the cypherpunk scene. Specifically on privacy, cryptocurrency, anonymity, freedom and decentralization. All motives are based on a sketch, then drawn or brush painted into paper collages which are then digitally prepared for manual screen printing. All prints are printed in limited editions of 10 to 30 prints, signed and numbered by the author.
“… back in 2013 we, Ztohoven collective, were renting a small club house in an attic of an apartment building. We were not even able to pay rent there, and around that time, the decision to create a much larger club house with costs two orders of magnitude higher and a concept much ahead of time was made. We founded Paralelni Polis. We opened a three-story venue with the world’s first Bitcoin-only café and we created a “think tank” institute of cryptoanarchy. We were spending coins on premium coffee and along the way became a part of the world’s crypto community.
First motives were test-printed on a screen print machine located in the basement of Paralelní Polis, but the venue wasn’t able to accommodate working with paint, washing out the screens in the bathroom or drying of the prints in the makers lab. It became necessary to start a graphics workshop and a studio, which would, in small batches, with original flair and its insight into the crypto scene, visualise the world, which became our companion and provided inspiration every day.
The Crypto Art Lab project was founded in the Tovarna space, where, for 2 years, it gathered experience with screen printing and creating motives connected to the crypto scene which visualised the basic Cypherpunk text „The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto“, „I am Satoshi Nakamoto“ motive inspired by the chase to find Satoshi Nakamoto the creator, or „Hodl“ the mantra of all who never sell, no matter what…
PRINTING AT BASEMENT OF PARALELNI POLIS 2014-2015
PRINTING AT TOVARNA 2016-2018
CRYPTO ART LAB STUDIO 2019
CRYPTO ART LAB POSTER SHOP 2019