This has been on the table for six months and as the final designs take their digital form companies seem to be gaining strength in the artwork authentication market which I find strange. The model for these organisations show no secure archive of the database of certificates issued by an artist should the authentication company itself fail. Also there is no way of linking the authentication certificate provided to the US Copyright Office which is the only way to fully protect a works of art outside of The Berne Convention, a global treaty for the protection of artists rights.
The studio is now fully committed to single edition artworks only ever producing unique prints since 2013 and as such a client will not only be able see that the artwork in front of them is authentic but also protected by the broadest copyright protection available to ensure against unlicensed corporate plagiarism in the event of the artists death.
It is an important subject for any artist to consider how to protect against unauthorised copies being produced and find their way to market. Artists should carefully decide how they protect the provenance and legacy of their work both now and in the future. The studio has always maintained a broad sweep registration of all works produced in my studio, whether they will ever be seen by the public or not; everything is registered to protect the provenance of the work.
So to counter the authentication certificate and sticker business model, and, to take control of these matters internally the studio will be DNA tagging all future artworks using iBeacon technology. This will fully authenticate the artwork and its US Copyright Office registration certificate number for the life of the artwork and beyond. The iBeacons will also enable interactive exhibition experiences using Ionic and React technology.
Think of an exhibition experience where the gallerist can allow visitors to experience the artworks alone, enabling their mobile device to guide them by changes to the environment as they move through the space, such as lighting and screens in the space activating. Mobiles would be enabled with specific content as you approach an artwork to support how it was created and its history.
This is only touching the surface of what is planned for digitally enabling your physical experience as you encounter artworks from the Distil Ennui Studio.