Mothership

2013. video (color, sound), media player, screen or projector, 15 min loop. Edition of 3, 1AP. Music by Evan Samek.
Mothership is a journey through ethereal landscapes, combining ancient myths, speculative futurism, and popular culture. This immersive video installation oscillates between the subconscious and the hyperreal, where dreamlike imagery intersect with the realities of power dynamics and the pervasive influence of technology. Through sardonic wit and surreal imagery, the work examines the constructs of authority and opulence, juxtaposing motifs of grandeur with the banality of consumer culture. Looking at the complexities of the digital age, Mothership navigates the space between utopia and dystopia.


Humorous scene with pop-culture reference showing Iron Man dancing
Contemporary art video installation showing pop culture references.
Dream-like still showing the financial center of London on the back of a mythical cow
Still showing a luxury high-end operating room
Pop-culture references abound in this surreal video installation by artist Jonathan Monaghan

Relationship to Blockchain
A limited of edition of 3, 1AP, Mothership was the first artwork registered and authenticated through the Keidom SPOOL (Secure, Public, Online Ownership Ledger) in 2013 making it the first digital artwork to use a blockchain as a decentralized ledger; a prototype for modern NFTs.

Collector's case of Mothership showing key hash derived from bitcoin blockchain transaction making this work an important prototype for modern NFTs