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The Orders is an excavation of the iconography of Freemasonry, transporting the often mystified material culture of a secret society into the digital and highly public realm of web3. Mirroring the Masonic degrees, whose ranks are as much heralded as they are critiqued, The Orders, present artworks that evolve in both complexity and rarity, and signify three different Masonic points of transformation – the individual, the collective, and lastly, time, death, and the order of all things.
Marco Brambilla is a London-based artist known for his elaborate re-contextualizations of popular and found imagery, as well as pioneering digital imaging technologies in video installation and art. Brambilla’s work has been internationally exhibited and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum (New York); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ARCO Foundation (Madrid); and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C). Brambilla is a recipient of the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Tiffany Colbert Foundation awards. His work has been featured at the Venice Film Festival and Sundance Film Festivals, as well as Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.
The Orders transpires in the realm of web3 where the good, bad, and ugly of secrecy, image making and community are put into a dynamic and sudden set of entanglements.—Nato Thompson, Artistic Director, Artwrld