9AES + F9 is the final robot of the metaverse 99 NFT Chatex Robots. Ever since the Middle Ages, there is a Dutch proverb “Big fish eats small”, which symbolizes the cruelty of the world when the strong devours the weak. Image 9AES + F9 refers to a fragment of the famous triptych of Hieronymus Bosch, “The Temptation of St. Anthony” (1500). There is an unusual image in which a large fish devours a small one. There is a similar plot in the engraving by Pieter Bruegel the Elder “Big fishes devour little ones” (1556). Thus, we have before us a classic story rooted in European culture. The cryptocurrency world also lives according to the laws that have been known since ancient times.

9AES + F9 is an exclusive robot created in collaboration with the Russian interdisciplinary creative group AES + F. Especially for 9AES + F9, AES + F and the Chatex team have created an authentic robot that personifies the cruelty of this world.

About AES + F: First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technologies. They define their practice as a “social psychoanalysis” through which they reveal and explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture. AES+F achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1999 for their Islamic Project, which depicted various Western postcard city landscapes manipulated to appear colonized by Islam. AES+F cemented their reputation as a contemporary art powerhouse in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with their provocative Last Riot, the first of their now signature large-scale, multichannel video installations. Following a large survey exhibition in 2007 at The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, AES+F’s next three large video installations titled The Feast of Trimalchio, Allegoria Sacra, and Inverso Mundus debuted at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 4th Moscow Biennale, and 56th Venice Biennale respectively.

The group has had more than 100 solo exhibitions at museums, exhibition spaces, and commercial galleries worldwide. AES+F works have been shown in such institutions as the Tate Britain (London), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), MAXXI and MACRO Future (Rome), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), HAM (Helsinki), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Faena Art Center (Buenos Aires), and many others.

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