THE PLASTIC EXCHANGE PROJECT
A series of 16 unique, animated Playing Cards  

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Why, the PLASTIC EXCHANGE PROJECT? Well, here is the story. I’m a freebird and somewhat more or less traveling since 2008. I feel home in many places, but probably have a very unconventional understanding of what „home“ means. One very special place, where I spent a lot of time, is Bali. This island vibes with arts & an appreciation for all sorts of creativity. Not so much in „the old cultured“ (or, colonial?) way of fine arts with extraordinary museums and sparkling wine establishment. More with how much art is engraved into the fabric of every day life, spirituality & society. When I decided to jump & fully dedicate myself into the world of arts 5 years ago, I knew I would spend even more time here. Nothing fancy here, arts is just something deeply humane, and very much normal. 

For a long time I had the desire to document what I see here through a series of „short stories“: Animated playing cards, portraying Bali in visuals and sound. I wanted all paintings, the animation and the music to be hand-crafted. 

 

And then, the crisis hit. The ongoing pandemic hit the islands hard, as 80% of income relies on tourism. According to the Worldbank, an additional 5.5-8 mio Indonesians fell into severe poverty (totals 26.42 million indonesians below the severe poverty line). Which, in the case of Bali, means people struggle to cover the basic needs: Food. Rice, in the case of Bali. 

Also, there is a huge trash problem in Indonesia, in rainy season the beaches are littered with plastic. A tremendous hit on our environment and our health. Nearly half of Indonesia’s trash ends up in rivers and ultimately in the ocean. While countries such as Germany, France, Australia, China and the United States still send their trash to Indonesia and „feel like they recycle“. Hence, this is not an indonesian problem. This is OUR problem! 

There is a great program from a local guy, I Made Janur Yasa, called the „Plastic Exchange“: They came up with the idea that people can collect plastic and exchange for rice. First core value of the foundation is Dignity: „a sense of pride and self-worth that by working together we can create a better future for ourselves“. Also, it is Community Led – organized independently by youth initiatives, newly formed groups, and other existing groups.

I found the idea to treat plastic as a „currency for rice“ and also their values around community & independence as a great analogy to the crypto community. Could not be more different, yet all so similiar with some core values & ideas. 

And easy to connect? An interesting chain: Art -> NFT -> Collecting Plastic -> Rice.   

The process:
1) The digital paintings

2) The Animated loopS

Status Quo? So I did paint all the cards already. Now, next up – I’ll pull 1 card after the other. Then, animate them & create the music. Here isan overview on the finished & minted artworks: 

Jack Of Clubs: There’s always one exception :). This card is „excluded“ from „The Plastic Exchange“ donation system. A tribute to the crypto community, in their quest to find solutions & answers for the environmental impact of NFTs. 

Donation to Green NFTs: 492 USD.    

A Bounty For More Ecologically Friendly NFTs. Read more here.  

 

Current Owner: Crypto Collect

Won the auction with a bid of 3.5Ξ

 

Queen Of Hearts: Showcasing Leah Dawson, one of my favorite surfers. Frequently visiting Bali & environmental activist. Co-founder of the Changing Tides Foundation.

Donation to The Plastic Exchange: 489 USD.

Buys 489 kg of Rice. 

Feeds 4 people for 489 days! 

Collects 1956 kg of Plastic.  

 

Current Owner: Parrott_Ism

Won the auction with a bid of 3.236Ξ.

 

Ace Of Spades: Dirt Bike Culture is a big thing in Indonesia. Loads of freedom. Loads of carbon in the air.  

Donation to The Plastic Exchange: 234 USD.

Buys 234 kg of Rice. 

Feeds 4 people for 234 days! 

Collects 936 kg of Plastic. 

 

Current Owner: Crypto Collect

Won the auction with a bid of 2Ξ (open offer 2.5Ξ). 

THE general idea

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summary

TELL ME – I’LL FORGET

INVOLVE ME – I’LL LEARN

EMPOWER ME – I’LL CONTINUE

 

Outcome of donations so far:

Donations of 1.215 USD Totals.  

– 723 USD for the Plastic Exchange

–  492 USD to Green NFTs


The Plastic Exchange:

Buys 723 kg of Rice. 

Feeds 4 people for 723 days!

Collects 2.892 kg of Plastic! 

All playing cards will be minted exclusively on SuperRare

Stay tuned for new drops & some process takes on my Twitter account!