Shanghai, the largest and most populous metropolis in China (including more than 25M inhabitants), has harnessed the power of blockchain technology to record and secure the occurrences of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Many videos, images, and music files are saved as NFTs that may be traded with cryptos on NFT markets, bypassing censorship. Because NFTs operate on blockchain technology, they cannot be removed; inhabitants of Shanghai are utilizing them to voice their displeasure with zero-tolerance COVID-19 rules established in China.
Simon Fong Talks About His NFT Publicity Art Collection
A 49-year-old freelancing graphic designer, Simon Fong serves as part of the NFT’s creative staffers. He has lived in Shanghai for more than 9 years. During the lockdown, he began developing graphic drawings that depict the lifestyles of the Shanghai inhabitants, drawing inspiration from Mao-era posters.
Fong has selected a Mao-era advertising style that contains imagery illustrating events during the COVID-19 zero-tolerance lockdowns. Images show PCR testing procedures as well as the hunger of locals, which has prompted them to beg the authorities for food supplies.
These widespread COVID lockdowns appear to be pushing the country more behind. Last month’s Propaganda collection flyers are now available for purchase on OpenSea. The NFT artworks created by Fong depict stories based on true occurrences and are laced with subtle humor. Fong previously spoke with Yahoo News about his preferred piece from the Campaigning art collection, Stay Negative.
Most individuals will encourage you to remain optimistic and keep positive on an ordinary day. With the present COVID condition, the sole option for combating the illness and to continue living a normal life is to remain negative. Fong has already successfully sold around ten of his NFT goods for 0.1 Ethereum or $287 each.
The Voice of April Now an NFT
YouTube published “The Voice of April” during the Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, featuring tragic images of individuals sobbing and yelling from their houses while the lockdowns continued. Although the film contained true or factual occurrences, it was blocked for undisclosed purposes.
There’s no indication of any specific individuals or government officials who would have motivated its elimination or censoring. There were no laws broken in the process. That movie has just been minted and converted into an NFT, found on the OpenSea NFT markets. Those memories will be kept in perpetuity in this way.