The 'Austrian Museum of Applied Arts' recently purchased a digital installation with cryptocurrency. Although Bitcoin has been around for some time now, many consumers are still unfamiliar with the online currency. This museum has demonstrated how cryptocurrency can be used in real life by purchasing a piece of artwork with Bitcoins.
The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts became the first institution to purchase artwork with Bitcons when it bought a screen saver installation from Berlin-based artist Harm van den Dorpel. The piece was purchased for 0.12 ฿, which is equivalent to about $34 USD. The artwork in question is titled 'Event Listeners' and it is a looping OS X screensaver that reveals a thought-provoking narrative alongside colorful images. The digital installation is considered part of the post-Internet genre, which explores how our daily habits have changed in the past two decades.
The transaction not only legitimizes the online currency, but it also draws attention to the rise of post-Internet artwork.