Michael Sullivan Smith is creating an art experimenting with the distributive, decentralized world
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cryptoknot


Cryptocurrency existed before the 2008 financial crisis. The deficiencies in our monetary system this crisis pointed out brought insights into digital currency's benefits, and by 2010 Bitcoin emerged as a successful use of protocols for a distributed system of trust that we now know as block chain technology.

Intrinsically Internet centered, applications of decentralized and autonomous consensus; all in service of block chain's distributed ledger; initiated today's revolutionary concepts for institutional change. The concern is, now, that the Internet community is inadequately prepared for performing all the tasks needed by a decentralized trust system's distributed ledger process if all these new block chain applications make their demands on it.

On this Patreon page is a current use for a paradigm from a 1960s “systemic art” movement project that created cryptographic protocols for knot forms in a use similar in function to the coding and algorithms block chain technology applies today.

The present art iteration is adapted to be the creative filter that block chain technology needs for its processes and consensus protocols to be universally understood. A White Paper for this is the entire web site http://www.greatknot.com, and the Twitter and Facebook buttons on the top left go to new graphic and written content I post on them all the time.

This filter role is common to art in times of social change. With so many revolutionary events and their technology opportunities building every moment, Patreon is a place where art can also offer insights into cultural change, and where you and I can invest in learning what is adaptable from our past that explains the future of these echoes of things still on our minds. Thank you for joining me on this long, long learning curve. I look forward to all of us participating in and profiting from this moment in time.
Tiers
Accumulate Tokens and Access Patron-Only Posts
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
A whole series of digital information products have been created just to give the greatknot project a home and the systemic art it represents what is referred to as a historicity. These are on the web as greatknot.com and are in the Saugerties Public Library as the fully interactive History Atlas of Saugerties in its own computer in the Local History Room. If you find this creation and its related activities personally interesting please specifically support it by clicking on this section.
Being the most basic patron also welcomes you to drop by any time and pry one rock out of the reeks. Hell, things are far enough along now that I'll even let you choose the place to put your rock in the sculpture design. There's not an unlimited number of rocks for doing this left so pony up and get on over.
The Great Knot, spring, 2011
Knot
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Your patron participation begins at this level. Click on this to receive the next in order of creation of these one-of-a-kind products. Every patron/participant will receive a knot.

You'll want to join the forward thinking independent minds that each recognize what one of these knots means to them. Once you've read about what knots are about you'll be ready to be a patron too. With a pledge of $10 or more a month a knot is reserved in your name.

Not ready for that yet? A token as described in greatknot.com is credited to every pledge of $1 or more (yes, that includes $10 and more monthly pledges) with each monthly payment. You can build a commitment while waiting to be convinced. But don't wait long. Things don't take long around here.

Reserved knots and tokens are unregistered. Yours will be placed in a blockchain with you as its origin state owner in the Initial Coin Offering that begins the concept's autonomous Dapp state. Then it is in the registry and you'll be aware that your patronage has built you benefits. 

Goals
$33 of $400 per month
The first goal is to place all the website sidebar's 40+ knots with old and new patrons and have a minimum $400 a month moving development forward. Tapping the expertise of patrons along the way would bring added momentum toward the real goal of successful beta tests for all the functions detailed in the web site. As patrons participate in these tests more knots enter into circulation, bringing in more patrons. Though there is a knot for every patron, the real reward comes when the whole system is eventually launched in its autonomous Dapp state and "Genesis sequence" knots have become the rarest of the exponentially large number that follow.
This concept places an emphasis on vectors as analogous to the digital in cryptology, for functions to be object oriented and human scaled through this graphic relationship to knots.
Many years ago I established the concept that knots are the only graphic trope having infinitely identifiable diversity of form. Over time I'd developed ways to illustrate this with a system that could perpetuate the process of creation, and I made hundreds of knots to show that an infinite number was conceivable.

I believed this would remain just a commentary on the properties of knots until in late 2017 I discovered that the Internet had operative forms of distributive creativity and verification applications for cryptocurrency transactions that implied that a design of an autonomous system to carry on my idea of a progression of knots sequentially added to, infinitely, forever, had entered the realm of the possible.

This set me back onto my knot quest and into thinking that the knot's relationship to identities in a blockchain registry with vector codes made them digital artworks based on their unique geometric properties. That, in turn, presented me with an ideal scenario for creating a uniquely valued cryptocurrency.

This concept was published in the first days of 2018 as an illustrated White Paper styled as an interpretive web site. It explains how producing currency tokens and the knots in a well organized system translates the knot's identity into the value of the currency by having the knot as an accessible reference to an immutability locked into a blockchain registry as an asset with liquidity in an art market. The competitive advantage of this strategy lies in the collectibles base for value in this market. The usefulness of the token as an exchange currency is not diverted into investment because the knot is positioned for that.

This practicality echoes precisely the original purpose of the quest to create an infinite number of knots, and in this it has conceived of a methodology that goes beyond lasting forever to solve a need of the here and now.

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cryptoknot


Cryptocurrency existed before the 2008 financial crisis. The deficiencies in our monetary system this crisis pointed out brought insights into digital currency's benefits, and by 2010 Bitcoin emerged as a successful use of protocols for a distributed system of trust that we now know as block chain technology.

Intrinsically Internet centered, applications of decentralized and autonomous consensus; all in service of block chain's distributed ledger; initiated today's revolutionary concepts for institutional change. The concern is, now, that the Internet community is inadequately prepared for performing all the tasks needed by a decentralized trust system's distributed ledger process if all these new block chain applications make their demands on it.

On this Patreon page is a current use for a paradigm from a 1960s “systemic art” movement project that created cryptographic protocols for knot forms in a use similar in function to the coding and algorithms block chain technology applies today.

The present art iteration is adapted to be the creative filter that block chain technology needs for its processes and consensus protocols to be universally understood. A White Paper for this is the entire web site http://www.greatknot.com, and the Twitter and Facebook buttons on the top left go to new graphic and written content I post on them all the time.

This filter role is common to art in times of social change. With so many revolutionary events and their technology opportunities building every moment, Patreon is a place where art can also offer insights into cultural change, and where you and I can invest in learning what is adaptable from our past that explains the future of these echoes of things still on our minds. Thank you for joining me on this long, long learning curve. I look forward to all of us participating in and profiting from this moment in time.

Recent posts by Michael Sullivan Smith

Tiers
Accumulate Tokens and Access Patron-Only Posts
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
A whole series of digital information products have been created just to give the greatknot project a home and the systemic art it represents what is referred to as a historicity. These are on the web as greatknot.com and are in the Saugerties Public Library as the fully interactive History Atlas of Saugerties in its own computer in the Local History Room. If you find this creation and its related activities personally interesting please specifically support it by clicking on this section.
Being the most basic patron also welcomes you to drop by any time and pry one rock out of the reeks. Hell, things are far enough along now that I'll even let you choose the place to put your rock in the sculpture design. There's not an unlimited number of rocks for doing this left so pony up and get on over.
The Great Knot, spring, 2011
Knot
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Your patron participation begins at this level. Click on this to receive the next in order of creation of these one-of-a-kind products. Every patron/participant will receive a knot.

You'll want to join the forward thinking independent minds that each recognize what one of these knots means to them. Once you've read about what knots are about you'll be ready to be a patron too. With a pledge of $10 or more a month a knot is reserved in your name.

Not ready for that yet? A token as described in greatknot.com is credited to every pledge of $1 or more (yes, that includes $10 and more monthly pledges) with each monthly payment. You can build a commitment while waiting to be convinced. But don't wait long. Things don't take long around here.

Reserved knots and tokens are unregistered. Yours will be placed in a blockchain with you as its origin state owner in the Initial Coin Offering that begins the concept's autonomous Dapp state. Then it is in the registry and you'll be aware that your patronage has built you benefits.