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The art of Generative Art 🧑🎨
Creativity + Technology + Ownership = Generative Art NFTs. Let's deep dive unearth a world where each piece is as unique as its digital signature.
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The digital space has democratised art. As in, now you and everyone can create art easily and sell it easily and for a great profit.
Generative art NFTs, in particular, have carved a niche for themselves.
A union of creativity and technology and its not just to art enthusiasts but also to the tech-savvy crowd.
No two pieces are ever truly the same, thanks to the random variables introduced by algorithms.
What is Generative Art NFTs?
Generative art can be thought of as the love child of mathematics and creativity. It's an art form that's been around for quite some time, primarily created by setting into motion algorithms or rules. These rules, or sets of instructions, govern the production of art, with some degree of randomness. So, instead of an artist using a brush to create every stroke, they use a set of coded instructions, and the computer does the painting.
Combine generative art with the NFT mechanism, and what you have is a piece of art that's not only digitally native but also has a verified proof of authenticity and ownership. This means that while the artwork can be replicated or screenshot, the blockchain-backed ownership cannot.
While profile picture (PFP) collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club have gained traction, generative art holds greater esteem within traditional art circles. It's viewed as a medium that rejuvenates generative creations from as early as the 1960s, and many of these artworks have found their way into physical galleries.
Old days: In 2014, Kevin McCoy did some digital magic and birthed "Quantum", the OG of NFTs. Soon after, Larva Labs jumped on the bandwagon with their rad Autoglyphs, staking a claim as Ethereum's pioneer in on-chain generative art.
Generative art and web3 intersect
NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens): Generative art pieces can be minted as NFTs, certifying their authenticity and originality.
Smart Contracts: Artists and developers can embed the rules or algorithms for generative art into smart contracts. When these contracts are triggered, they can produce new, unique art pieces, which can then be minted as NFTs.
Provable Rarity & Originality: Generative art NFTs can have provable rarity—meaning that you can verify how many editions of a particular piece exist—and provable originality, ensuring that an art piece is the genuine original.
Interactivity & Evolution: Some web3 generative art projects allow for dynamic interactions. A piece of art might evolve over time or change based on external data (like changes in cryptocurrency prices, weather data, or social media activity), making the art not just generative but also reactive.
Community & Crowdsourced Art: Web3 allows for decentralised decision-making. Generative art projects in web3 can integrate governance tokens or other mechanisms to let a community of holders decide on the future evolution of an art piece or series.
Monetisation & Resale: With web3 and NFTs, artists can earn royalties every time their art is resold on secondary markets, providing a new revenue stream and incentive for artists to create.
Generative Art NFTs in Simple Steps:
Algorithm Design: Artists create algorithms, integrating randomness for unique outcomes.
Art Generation: The algorithm produces a distinct artwork, often at the time of minting or purchase.
Minting: The unique artwork is converted into an NFT on a blockchain platform, ensuring authenticity.
Ownership Transfer: Once minted, the NFT can be bought, sold, or transferred, with each transaction securely recorded on the blockchain.
Major Generative Art NFT Projects:
Autoglyphs by Larva Labs
Renowned for the iconic CryptoPunks NFT collection.
Described as generative art experiments via creative coding.
Noteworthy for being the first on-chain generative art NFT on Ethereum.
Fidenza by Tyler Hobbs
Featured on the Art Block platform with 999 unique NFTs.
Unique feature: art's appearance is a surprise until purchase, determined by a unique hash.
Ringers by Dmitri Cherniak
Canadian generative artist.
Collection of 1,000 unique NFTs on Art Block featuring strings and pegs.
Highlight: Ringers #879 sold for $5.8 million in 2021.
Lost Poets by Pak
From the persona behind Sotheby's "The Fungible" collection.
A blend of NFT collectible and strategy game.
Includes 65,536 obtainable NFTs and 1,024 Origin NFTs.
Chromie Squiggles by Erick Calderon
The genesis project of the on-chain Art Blocks platform.
Features randomly generated colour squiggles in nine styles.
Artist using artificial intelligence, notably generative adversarial network (GAN) models.
Gained fame with his Async Art piece "Right Place, Right Time."
Recent collection, Gazers on ArtBlocks: 1,000 NFTs evolving with moon cycles.
Solvency by Ezra Miller
High-profile collection incorporating dynamic WebGL simulations.
Each artwork boasts unique patterns, traits, and textures.
Grifters by XCOPY
Artist behind the iconic Right-Click and Save As Guy NFT.
Collection features 666 spectral faces in vibrant colours.
Artificial Intelligence Art by AI Art House
Collection of over 1,000 pieces on OpenSea.
Minimal human intervention with a bonus: buyers get a physical print of their piece.
Meridian project: stratified landforms created with myriad colour strokes.
Tools & Resources
With the rise of Generative art NFTs, we've got a long list of tools, tutorials, and resources for creators and collectors.
Programming & Frameworks:
Processing: A top recommendation and powerful environment for code-based art.
C4: A unique open-source framework tailored for iOS.
Unity: Beyond its reputation as a game engine, Unity offers expansive capabilities for creative coding and installations.
openFrameworks: Esteemed open-source C++ toolkit designed for generative and algorithmic creations.
Cinder: Robust open-source, cross-platform C++ library for creative endeavors.
PlayCanvas: An interactive WebGL engine promoting real-time collaboration.
hg_sdf: An essential GLSL library known for its signed distance functions.
nannou: A cutting-edge framework dedicated to creative coding in the Rust language.
HYPE: Efficient classes that simplify complex tasks with minimal coding.
thi.ng: A diverse collection of design tools available for Clojure and ClojureScript.
PixelKit: Swift's answer to live graphics, open-source and adept.
OPENRNDR: A trendsetting open-source Kotlin library for the generative art community.
Phaser: A game-focused HTML5 framework, supporting both Canvas and WebGL.
AI-Driven Art Generation:
Dall•E: OpenAI's brainchild, this AI tool transforms text prompts into intricate images.
Midjourney: An independent lab enabling text-to-image art creation.
Blockchain & NFT Creation:
Async Art: For those averse to coding but keen on the Ethereum blockchain, Async Art provides a comprehensive platform. Artists can upload, assign rarity, and fashion an entire generative NFT series seamlessly.
Where to buy?
Art Blocks: A leading Ethereum-based platform, launched by Snowfro in 2020.
Fxhash: Tailored for the Tezos blockchain, it's open for creators and collectors.
Gen.Art: A unique on-chain platform run as a DAO, offering member-exclusive drops.
Highlight.xyz: A digital art marketplace and artist tool suite that offers open access to generative art.
Sotheby's Art Auction 🎨
The recent Sotheby's art auction grabbed a whopping $1.2 million in under an hour.
500 pieces of generative art. Gone in 60 minutes.
Post-auction, these digital delights stirred up trading worth hundreds of thousands more.
Deets on art: Generative artworks, all masterfully crafted by the talented Vera Molnár. Named "Themes and Variations", these digital gems were minted immediately upon purchase. The aftermath? A frenzy in the secondary market with trades soaring to 400 ether – $754,000.
Even though NFT sales had seen a slump, Sotheby's has kept the momentum going. Just last month, they introduced their generative art program and have been riding high, even auctioning collections from the likes of the once mighty hedge fund, Three Arrows Capital.
Gucci & Christie's
Gucci has stepped into the digital frontier by partnering with the iconic Christie’s auction house, curating an AI-powered, generative art showcase.
Titled "Future Frequencies", this merger of fashion and tech spotlights 21 unique NFT artworks, crafted by avant-garde artists like Claire Silver and Tyler Hobbs.
Showcased at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, bids for these masterpieces start from $1,800, with some reaching a jaw-dropping $417,000. Christie’s is spearheading this auction on their Web3 platform, Christie’s 3.0, ensuring each transaction is blockchain-certified. Gucci adds a touch with its Vault Art Space, a nexus for creatives exploring the confluence of fashion, art, and cutting-edge tech.
TTD Week That Was 📆
The week of crypto finding its meaning in the larger scheme of things.
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TTD Week in Funding 💰
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Solv Protocol $6 million. Offers decentralised liquidity infrastructure that allows organisations to raise money through the creation, usage and sale of financial products.
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