What is Fungibility? NFTs, Slavery and Mushrooms.
Dread Scott’s 2021 NFT project, White Male For Sale, consists of a 1minute 10second looped video of a typical middle-class man standing atop an auction block in Brooklyn, and the NFT was then auctioned live at Christie’s. This substitution of the historical Black body auctioned into slavery was inspired by Scott’s uneasy reaction to seeing the “F” in “NFT” bloom over the past years. As Scott puts it: “I heard the term fungible in connection with its use by scholars of the history of slavery.” He