By Nora Quintanilla
New York, May 30th (EFE) .- A large number of “Cryptoart” works with a Spanish flair will be auctioned by the organizers of the event in NFT (Non-Fungible Token) format in a gallery in Brooklyn, New York said EFE, is a witness and at the forefront of this digital “revolution”.
“The Empathy Muscle” was one of the main features of the exhibition / auction: a “performance” by Spanish poet Marcos de la Fuente on Saturday evening at La Casa ArtHouse in the Clouds, a physical / virtual art gallery that exhibits NFT works in the Big Apple.
The artist wanted to “take poetry one step further” by combining the spoken word with technology to create a “3.0 hybrid” that was later encrypted. Projected verses in English, Spanish, and Galician have been added to its physical expression; “Ad hoc” electronic music and improvisation, he said.
Once converted into cryptographic art, pieces like his become a digital asset that is stored on blockchains that can be purchased using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Doge, and others. This situation “gives power back to the creators”.
“Up to now, digital (graphics) could not be authenticated, it had no value. This possibility makes each piece unique. It’s a real revolution, “said De la Fuente, mainly because the digital artists who have previously stayed” on a lower level “can now see their work” as validly as physically (art), “he said .
De la Fuente, who is also the director of the Kerouac Poetry Festival, believes that through this initiative, La Casa ArtHouse can transform itself into “the cutting edge of digital artistic movements in the city” as well as a meeting point and reference point for artists as “the world is on the look what we’re doing in New York. “
Participants in the exhibition include Carlos Hache, the artistic name of Carlos Hidalgo, a Venezuelan animation designer who has lived in New York for years, showcasing several of his NFT work and highlighting the opportunity this type of initiative presents.
“I’m used to monetizing my art, but not selling it to the general public. I like the idea of being part of this new wave and revolution, ”he said, adding that this method will bring visibility to“ unconventional ”artists who have not yet been able to make room in galleries and museums for their work.
One of Hidalgo’s pieces is a comic book work with the faces of Venezuelan historical figures like Francisco de Miranda, Andres Bello and Simon Bolivar, to whom he has given a “contemporary feel” and a fun touch with elements associated with modern life, like sunglasses, earrings and cigarettes.
“I have the feeling that the work is representative for me. This is where I come and add things I’ve learned over the years, ”said Hidalgo, who has experimented with artificial intelligence as an artistic tool and believes it can lead to“ new types of aesthetics ”.
The two artists, who agree they are part of an art revolution, are part of a group of more than 30 crypto art pioneers who will be present at the exhibition and sale Friday through Sunday, including Gazoo To the Moon, Gonzalo Gelso , Rachel Van der Nacht, Charles Bentley and No Fun Studio.
Cryptoart is an art category that has become a niche genre of artistic work after the development of blockchain networks in the mid to late 2010s. It quickly became popular, in large part due to the unprecedented ability of the underlying technology to buy, sell, or collect purely digital works of art in a decentralized manner from anyone.
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data that is stored in a digital ledger (i.e. a blockchain) that certifies a digital asset as unique and therefore non-interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. However, access to a copy of the original file is not limited to the purchaser of the NFT.