It’s time to separate NFTs from quantitatif art

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Abigail Carlson is Director of web3 Mercatique at ConsenSys Mesh. She has previously held communications positions in Political Campaign, in Higher Education, and in Nonprofits and B Institutions. She is on Twitter @abi__carlson. (Disclosure: ConsenSys is one of 22 strategic investors in Decrypt.)

I recently realized while touring the Matisse Museum in Nice, France, that I had gamin to see a temporary montre in David Hockney.

If you are not familiar, Hockney is considered one of the most influential contemporary British artists. his work in 1972″Portrait of an artist (a pool with two characters)Sold at Christie’s Auctions in 2018 and Break the auction house record At $90 million (a succès that was broken the following year Jeff Koons “Rabbit”which sold for $91 million).

What struck me at the Hockney Gallery were not his paintings, although I find them beautiful. What surprised me most was the fact that he started experimenting with a new art form at the age of 67 by learning Photoshop with his sister Margaret. Where most artists of that age stuck to what they knew best, Hockney’s curiosity led him to try something new. In 2008, at the age of 71, Hockney got his first iPhone. By the following year, he had achieved more than A digital plate Using his thumb, he is now a prolific quantitatif artist. The montre I attended in Nice”find paradiseAn absent series of flower paintings on the iPad.

David Hockney’s “Finding Heaven” paintings on the iPad. (Buste: Abe Carlson)

Walking around the gallery I was struck by the following realization: The gallery made no apostille of NFTs.

I’m so used to equating NFTs with quantitatif art that I was almost shocked not to see NFTs mentioned. A missed opportunity for Hockney? Perhaps, although it is doubtful that the artist would need additional income from selling these images as non-fungible tokens. In fact, Hockney has openly criticized NFTs, calling them “ridiculous little things”.

I’m really glad Hockney hasn’t moved into this field, and I’m grateful for his strong paysage. It serves as an insolent reminder: NFTs and quantitatif art are not synonymous. In fact, it’s time to start separating NFTs from quantitatif art.

While quantitatif art can certainly be converted to NFTs, NFTs are ultimately a much broader category than those that are limited to art, and I think linking the two too closely is detrimental to both.

Numérique art is simply the latest development of humans using tools at their disposal to make art. From painting on turbiner walls, to using pen, paper and paint, to experimenting with technology to create new forms of art (a very cliched exposé of the evolution of art over time, apologetics), humans will always use the tools in avant of them to make art. This is parce que the process Create It is, after all, an essential portion of what it means to be human.

While NFT groups feature quantitatif art, I would argue that the foyer of many NFT groups is not on the art itself, but on the potential for commercialization of the art.

Artistic assortiment vs. art trade

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NFT collectors allure at stats such as floor price and owner-to-size division to gather insights into trading and potential resale value. Of coude, the artist’s credibility and past success also go a mince way. To be clear, none of these things are wrong and it’s not just embout the quantitatif art world. But the lieu I make is that many NFTs, as we think of them in common language, are as much art as they are financial.

The fact that I have more than one investment banker friend who spends their weekends trading JPEGs is a case in lieu. For them, this is a middle finger of a financial system that requires them to conform to a visible (rather potager) règle of operation. If they can make as much money flipping the NFTs as they can work ‘for the man’, who can blame them?

From artist sponsors to auction houses, the mingling of the worlds of money and art is nothing new, and in many ways is a necessary relationship. But the arrival of the NFTs also brought a huge amount of rug-pulls and hoaxes that plagued the space, causing it to have to fight for its credibility. No wonder some quantitatif artists may deliberately shy away from space for fear of tarnishing their reputation.

More than just JPEGs

It is not necessary to convert quantitatif art to NFT, and doing so may actually detract from the art itself (I’ll get exceptions to this eventually). Meanwhile, there are a bunch of great virtualité use cases for NFTs that will undoubtedly billet a lot of the way we work. Here are a few of them:

the tickets:

The cote industry as we know it today has been plagued by a myriad of challenges from forgery and fraud to the lack of exchange protocols. Issuance of event tickets such as NFTs allows easy dispense and impératif verification. There is also the possibility of Ongoing royalties from sales in secondary markets Which can go directly to stakeholders, artists and event organizers. This widget on NFT . tickets By BanklessDAO breaks down the projet well for the curious.


Prior to webcasting, most artists made money selling physical music sales (97% of revenue back in 2001). With the agrandissement of reach and discoverability of artists, broadcasting has also destroyed the scarcity of music. NFTs bring back some of this through quantitatif scarcity. The kings of Leon was The first group to release an album as an NFT (when you see yourself) and made 2 million dollars in sales.

Real estate:

NFTs have many use cases in real estate. For one, it can represent the certain property that is being purchased. While much of this will depend on basic legal requirements being met in an evolving industry, the technology is already set to make this a reality and out of reason. By purchasing an apartment with an NFT asset property, you will have impératif access to the entire history of the apartment, from previous buyers and investments to legal disputes and payments. You can also buy and sell real estate faster than is currently the case parce que NFT transfers happen instantly.

Another use case in real estate is tokenizing real estate for contigu investment by fractional ownership. In our current system, contigu ownership of a property requires a huge amount of paperwork, time and legal fees. Real estate hashing and selling tokens allow investors to easily get in and out of an investment, and rules can be codified through façon contracts to limit the number of weeks investors can access in a year. In this way, co-ownership is actually certain, compared to investing in real estate through the likes of REITs. (To dig deeper into the interférence between NFTs and real estate, this is Good occupation to start.)


Not an arena (pun intended) that I know a lot embout, but nonetheless an arena set up for a massive acceleration of NFT acquiescement. Not only will tickets be a use case (see above), but badinages clubs are increasingly turning to quantitatif collectibles as a way to increase fan bagarre and earn additional revenue. for example NBA Top ShotOfficially licensed NBA quantitatif collectibles. Owning an NFT can also be used as a gateway to IRL community events, by providing owners with opportunities to attend meetups with players. (For more see over here.)


From pratique to cars and luxury goods, brands across the spectrum are experimenting with NFT collections. This may allure like NFT issuance combined with the purchase of a physical asset. RTFKT Studios pioneered this in 2021 when they released NFTs along with physical sneakers – the campaign was born $31.MIL OF EARNINGS IN 7 MINUTES. Dolce & Gabbana combined the physical and the virtual in a assortiment in 2021 and Earned $5.65 Million.

For pratique brands in particular, NFTs can also be used as QR codes for supply chains. The entire supply chain of an élément of clothing can be recorded on the blockchain, and scanable QR codes are issued where NFTs allow consumers to verify the filiation of the items of clothing they wish to purchase. This increased transparency could revolutionize not only pratique brands, but Supply chains in general.

I won’t even get into the metaverse and games, but my lieu is that NFTs offer a wide range of applications beyond quantitatif art, and my expectative is that we will soon begin to associate NFTs with some form of technology (they are “irreplaceable tokens”, after all) rather than art in the first occupation.

A occupation for NFT . art

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To make this circle complete and parce que I can’t Not Playing devil’s advocate, I still think quantitatif art can be a great use case for NFTs… in some cases.

One of these is generative art. generative art It is a subset of quantitatif art that uses algorithmic codes to create produit, in a kind of exclusive groupe between “coupé and artist”. Programming these codes requires skill and intent. Some groups or platforms require that a visible function be included in the chiffre to take care of the result for a visible aesthetic… In other words, the process itself is an art.

Generative art is an ideal use case for NFTs. Parce que the attributes of the artwork are randomly generated during the minting process, the person who mints the artwork is brought into the process of creating the art itself – this can create a exclusive emotional élan with the artwork.

One of the earliest examples of generative NFT art was Chaos Machine, a project born in 2018 in Mawza’a Gallery. The device burns banknotes, and each time the music is played while the token is minted and the QR chiffre is printed to the détruire.

Successful modern generative NFT collections often include a definite amount of reproducible artifacts, strong communities, and a roadmap for the future. Generative collections that revolutionized the NFT quantitatif arts space KryptoponicsAnd the AutoglyphAnd the PikeAnd the Chromie wobbleAnd the Euler win In the space of generative music art (Euler was initially embraced Network Which I work with by aubaine, but I promise you I’m not biased).

Love them or hate them, the progressant of these giants on the NFT space is undeniable, and it is undeniable that NFT has provided them with a exclusive path to grow the revenue stream for their arts as well as the ability to foster supportive communities.

Which brings me to the annexé reason NFTs can be a great use case for quantitatif art: community. Many of the capital NFT groups mentioned above have resulted in interesting sociable experiments in the form of creating new communities. While it can be argued that this is art for end vs art for art for art’s sake, there is something undeniably powerful embout bringing people together around a common thread (pun intended again).

And état here: regular artists who don’t primarily work in the quantitatif space can still release NFTs, even if this is just a gateway to an online community. Animators, filmmakers, writers, musicians, etc. can release NFT collections that guarantee their fans access to a visible amount of events each year, meet-and-greets, and the like. Numérique Arts NFTs can play a huge role in strengthening the community by introducing access tokens, thus organizing the community in a way that goes beyond what is currently valable via sociable media and fan sites.

Stronger when separated

While I ultimately believe that NFTs should be separated from quantitatif art, this is primarily parce que there are myriad use cases in which the technology can be used, and also parce que of some of the negative associations that space has unfortunately collected. Numérique art will always remain as one of these use cases, as it should be.

One thing is for sure, David Hockney will be mince either way. In the unlikely event that he changed his mind embout NFTs, I have no doubts that more than one NFT logis would be most happy to help turn the iPad’s Flower Paintings series into an NFT art assortiment. But this might just be taking a step too far…

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