In a world where everything sells, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is selling a photograph of his kidney stones as an NFT. The horror master has been shocking audiences with his graphic “body horror” movies and continued this fixation by doing the unthinkable and creating art from his own insides. Guess this is what decades of movie-making based on the body’s innards results in. As per Japan Today, the director is auctioning an image of his recently removed kidney stones (18 of them) just in time for his latest movie, “Crimes of the Future,” in competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes next month. Whoever said, ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity,’ finally found their example.
Titled Kidney Stones and Inner Beauty, the digital asset went up for sale on cryptocurrency marketplace SuperRare last month, with the reserve price of 10 ETH or $28,000. “I think each stone presents a unique aesthetic of structure, color, and organic content that engages with the mystery of my essence, my reality, which is my body, inside and out,” Cronenberg added. His NFT has been in the making for two years, pretty much like a well-thought movie or a work of art. The NFT is not everyone’s cup of tea and may seem downright repulsive to few but such is the nature of art or supposed art.
Cronenberg shared, “my doctor said, you know, I would like to have your kidney stones so that we can do a chemical analysis and see if there’s something in your diet that has caused your body to create this,” according to the Associated French Press. But the director declined, as the process would have ruined them. “I think they’re too beautiful to be destroyed,” he said. “After all, this is pretty intimate; it comes from the inside of my body.”