On Friday, Kevin Abosch — an Irish conceptual artist who was among the first to use blockchain technology as a medium — reported that a dastardly heist had been committed in one of his on-chain installations, an Ethereum wallet-turned-artwork titled “Stealing The Contents of This Wallet Is a Crime” (2018).
In a Tweet the artist, whose work has been exhibited at The Hermitage, said that a Cryptokitty had been swiped from the freely-accessible address:
Hi @CryptoKitties/@dapperlabs – Someone tipped me that “IAMA Kitty” was sitting in the #crypto wallet of my artwork “Stealing The Contents of This Wallet is a Crime” (2018). I can confirm it has just been “stolen.” #IAMA #IAMACOIN #IAMAKitty pic.twitter.com/vq1RmktSs0
— Kevin Abosch (@kevinabosch) November 13, 2020
“Stealing The Contents…” is one of what Abosch calls his “social experiments challenging value systems” — a conceptual framework especially fitting for the crypto world. Part of “Stealing The Contents…” included tokens deposited to the wallet from