Crypto Connections: Exploring the Personal

Crypto Connections: Exploring the Personal

This online collection is the outcome of a project which explored our relationship to our personal possessions and museum artefacts.

Participants each chose both a personal possession and a museum object or artwork from National Museums Liverpool's collection that they felt a connection to. This online exhibition presents these museum objects and the personal possessions of the participants.

Possessions are personal items which we relate to with meaning and memory. They're often just everyday objects which we have identified as important to us in some way, and their associated meaning can help to define who we are as people. We feel a strong connection to our possessions and this connection is personal and unique to us.

In a similar way, we can sometimes have a personal connection to a museum artefact. When we look at an artwork or an artefact, we may find ourselves engaged with the object. The reason we're drawn to certain museum artefacts is also based  on our personal association to the object and the way we relate to objects depends on our own experiences. Like possessions, our connection to museum objects is a based on personal association.

This project explores this concept of personal connection in museum artefacts. We invited a group of participants to consider this idea in a workshop in which they each presented a personal possession and chose a museum artefact from the collections of the National Museums Liverpool based on personal connection. This online collection presents these museum objects and the personal possessions of the participants.

Each of these objects have been transformed into cryptocollectibles which are digital objects tracked on a blockchain. Blockchain technology creates a provenance for digital assets such as artwork; it provides us with a way of proving authenticity and ownership of a digital thing.