Damien Hirst’s Claridge’s busker record shattering will be an NFT

Damien Hirst’s Claridge’s busker record shattering will be an NFT

Damien Hurst recently burned artworks worth millions of pounds, but he first experimented with art destruction 12 years before.

Daniel Spiller, a 43-year-old busker and musician, asked him to assist in destroying his recordings in front of his eyes for the sake of art at the moment.

In his room at Claridge’s, one of the priciest hotels in the world, they spent hours breaking records with a log and a game of poker.

Now, the first-ever film of the historic day will be made accessible in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT).

A video showing Hirst burning a CD by Mr. Spiller’s former band The Broken Record Project will be sold at auction as a digital work of art, weeks after he set fire to his own paintings.

Blockchain verifies an NFT’s authenticity and ownership while also confirming its uniqueness. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, the money of the Ethereum network, may be used to buy them.

In order to propose the contentious prank, Mr. Spiller contacted Hirst as well as a number of other celebrities, including Boris Johnson and comedian Hugh Dennis.

The 57-year-old British artist was so moved by the concept that he asked the singer, who now performs for tips on London’s Southbank, to spend the day in one of the most lavish hotel rooms in the world.

They spent “wild” hours trashing the music together, and Mr. Spiller said that Hirst was so enthused by the prank that he even hanged the broken disc from his nose as a “funny” gimmick.

“Damien was a genius. He was very giving with his time and soul, according to Mr. Spiller.

Hours were spent listening to him chat, answering his inquiries, and offering drinks. He was just so warm and kind. He appeared to appreciate the prank and get the artistic intent, and he adored the idea.

Mr. Spiller said that while Hirst was having the CDs destroyed, he was being “serenaded” by him while singing and playing the guitar.

He said that the destruction of his work, which he had seen me make in front of him, had an aesthetic effect on him.

I recalled thinking, “I’m a street performer, yet I’m sitting with the most expensive artist in the world, in his room at the most expensive hotel, singing gently into his ear while he destroys my music… how completely strange. ”

Mr. Spiller discovered the day’s video footage in garbage he was transporting to the dump after discovering it when the bag broke and its contents leaked out.

The CD that Hirst had also autographed was inside, along with pieces of the record and the wood he had used to break it.

Mr. Spiller claims that Hirst’s most recent The Currency series, which included the burning and creation of NFTs out of 4,851 of 10,000 of his A4 paintings, reminded him “of the annihilation of my work.”

He remarked, “I remembered the magnificent Claridge’s fireplace, the wood and poker used for the smashing.”

The strong image of destruction is characteristic of Damian’s genius.

“Since we shared that day twelve years ago, I’ve been busking in London and he’s kept his reign at the top as the world’s most inventive and costly artist — that tells you much about his magic,” I said.

Those who are interested in purchasing the signed log and the unreleased video may register their interest today. The digital artwork will be put up for sale on the musician’s website, danielspiller.com, in the following weeks.

Mr. Spiller has already received a few “interesting suggestions” of other payment methods, such as trading his NFT for a piece of Hirst’s most current polka-dot series of artwork.

He said that “destroying my work has significance and worth to me, in addition to generating a disturbance,” and that one day he would show the other broken record footage in a gallery.

The gloomy, almost-grainy video of my work being destroyed has a strong impact, the artist says.

Over the course of the same year, other celebrities participated in the hoax. With Dennis, presenter Fearne Cotton, and Boris Johnson—who would go on to become prime minister years later—it was a big smash.

Mr. Spiller said that he had to break into a party Mr. Johnson was attending with a friend in order to convince the former prime minister to join his cause.

He believed it was a trap, so I sat down next to him and asked him if he would destroy some music.

Mr. Johnson said he was concerned that footage of him seeming to damage anything would potentially be used against him.

But Mr. Spiller said that shortly after, he won Mr. Johnson’s confidence and the latter “got into the spirit of it.”

He was a lot of fun.

He snatched the sheet music out of my hands, clinched his fist, and eventually announced that the record had been broken,’ Mr. Spiller remembered.

When the camera was switched off, he muttered that he had really liked the experience and thought it was a brilliant idea.

He was outstanding.

As a result of the pandemic having a negative impact on his busking career, Mr. Spiller is now hoping that the sale of the Hirst NFT would help him turn his “recent bad luck” around.

Buskers appear to pay a heavy price lately, he added. “The pandemic caused us to lose our performance spaces on the Tube, foot traffic is still low, and now a cashless world makes it tougher.”

“Tough times recently? Yes, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really like what I do; playing music for people brings me the most delight because I get to see how it makes them feel.

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