Move Over NFTs, the Super Fungible Token Is Here

Crypto critics built a Web3 project that smashes all your assumptions about blockchains

Jamie Cohen
Debugger
Published in
4 min readFeb 4, 2022

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The logo for the Super Fungible Token project

What is a game?

Philosopher Bernard Suits described a game as most anything that has a goal of winning. Yet he immediately countered that premise. If that’s the case, why do we make games inefficient? When we go golfing, why do we use a funny stick when the easiest way to win a round is just simply walk the ball to the green and just drop it in the hole?

We make games inefficient because we like to play.

Play leads to learning in different ways and seeing how things work. To see through the systems and discover new meaning. To critique through misuse.

Cryptocurrency, NFT, and blockchain are all terms with accessibility issues. We hear them, but we don’t really know how to use them. But, what if we turned them into play? I don’t mean “game the market” or use “game theory” or “play-to-earn,” I mean using the existing system inefficiently to play with it like a game.

Super Fungible Token is an interactive art experiment that plays with NFTs using the blockchain. The Super Fungible Token is an actual NFT (non-fungible token). It’s been minted on the low carbon Algorand Blockchain. (It cost $0.03 to mint.) The NFT is the URL https://superfungibletoken.com/sft.jpg, but instead of pointing to a static image, the “sft.jpg” is a redirect. It points to anything that ends in .jpg or .png or .gif or other image extension after someone pastes a direct image URL in the “Funge the SFT” box.

A screengrab of the Super Fungible Token displaying its 1,234th image
Screen grab of the Super Fungible Token site

Super Fungible Token was codeveloped by Digital Void’s Josh Chapdelaine and Ryan Broderick, along with internet artist Morry Kolman and developer Alex Petros. Morry Kolman describes the fun of the project as its interactivity. “The critique behind the Super Fungible Token — that the content of NFTs are not assets/images/things they seem to hold but rather the ledgers that point to them — is not a new idea,” says Kolman. “The difference with the Super Fungible Token is that users get to try the experiment out…

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Jamie Cohen
Debugger

Digital culture expert and meme scholar. Cultural and Media Studies PhD. Internet studies educator: social good, civic engagement and digital literacies