I decided to create a gallery of portraits of members of the crypto-community to investigate further. To do so, I hired a cinematographer, and on April 13, 2023, during the last day of the NFT NYC conference (A major in-person event about crypto) in New York City, I stayed in the lobby of the conference venue and asked to conference participants if they would like to answer, on camera, to a series of questions. I clearly identified myself as an artist. Here are the questions that were asked to all interviewees: First and last name Year of birth City & country of birth Current city & country of residence Mother’s job Father’s job Maternal Grandmother’s job Maternal Grandfather’s job Paternal Grandmother’s job Paternal Grandfather’s job Describe the outer layer of the clothes you are wearing now (top) Describe the bottom clothes you are wearing now
Describe the type of shoes you are wearing now From noon to six pm, I interviewed 65 people. Only one person walked away mid-interview, saying that “It was obviously a scam attempt”...The cinematographer and I were once approached by a security guard inquiring about what we were doing (He thought we were trying to sell goods or services), and I clearly explained that I was conducting interviews for a future artwork, and he let us continue filming.The vast majority of interviewees were very comfortable to answer the questions, although a little bit surprised when they realized they were no questions about their jobs or projects. I would say about a quarter of them showed some level of discomfort to answer questions about the job of their parents or grandparents. Globally, all the interviews happened in a cordial atmosphere.
After reviewing the interviews, I could keep only 44 of them, as some interviewees declined to give several answers (In particular their year of birth and city of birth), and I needed to have a consistent set of data before proceeding further in their