On October 15th, Sotheby’s launched the exclusive NFT auction platform Sotheby’s Metaverse. From October 18th to 26th, the platform held its first auction. The auctioned artworks came from 19 NFT collectors around the world. 53 works.
According to the auction price, the top three works are: PEPENOPOULOS created by Rarepepe, priced at 3.65 million U.S. dollars, Bored Ape Yacht Club #8817 created by Yuga Labs, priced at 3.408 million U.S. dollars, and the third place is Self Portrait # created by Dmitri Cherniak. 1.2020, the price is 2.682 million US dollars. The top five most expensive works at auction have a total value of more than 12 million U.S. dollars.
At Sotheby’s Metaverse, the $2.682 million generated encryption art Self Portrait #1.2020 was sold
If PEPENOPOULOS with the first price and Bored Ape Yacht Club #8817 with the second price, the value of which comes from the intellectual creation of crypto artists and the uniqueness and scarcity conferred by the blockchain, then the third-priced Self Portrait # 1. In 2020, only relying on computers and software to automatically generate, that is, generating encrypted art, why is it so valuable? What are we neglecting behind the generation of encryption art?
In addition, Fecebook has recently changed its name to Meta, and the CEO of Metaverse Upstart, Mark Zuckerberg, published the “Founder’s Letter”, explaining the company’s new vision of creating Metaverse. What is the relationship between the meta-universe and the generation of encryption art?
Generating encryption art is not simple
Many people may think that to generate encrypted art is to use a computer to perform simple programming, and then randomly generate a certain part of the artwork, and finally piece together a colorful Jpg picture that looks unpredictable and actually useless. The reason why these so-called “artworks” are worth so much is entirely the catalysis of the industry bubble.
In fact, although it is undeniable that there is a bubble in the NFT market, the above view is the most superficial misunderstanding of generating encryption art.
The essence of generating encrypted art is that the generating artist precisely controls the size and position of randomly appearing elements in the artwork. The two things of “control” and “random” seem to be a natural contradiction. In fact, under the “magic gloves” of the encryption artist, the two can be perfectly and harmoniously unified in the same picture.
For example, the picture below is Shotter (Gravel) released by Georg Nees in 1968, which is considered to be one of the earliest and most famous works of generative art. The feature of this work is that Schotter starts with 12 squares placed in standard positions. As the position goes down, the randomness of the positions and angles of the gradually appearing squares begins to increase.
Shotter (Gravel) – Georg Nees, 1968
Imagine if you were Georg Nees, how would you complete this work in accordance with the requirements of “the randomness of the positions and angles of the gradually appearing squares starts to increase”? Of course, anyone can draw a box, but the key question is how do you control the randomness of the angles and positions of the squares in different positions? This is difficult to do manually.
However, we know that the computer is best at repeating simple actions endlessly, or performing wireless calculations on a consensus. With this premise, as long as you add a hand (printing machine) to the computer, you can perfectly print Shotter ( Gravel), but also to ensure that every work printed out keeps the nuances, because everything is random.
Isn’t it the essence of the division of labor in our industrialized society to let professional people do professional things?
Now that we have a basic understanding of generative art, let us enter the high level: a preliminary understanding of Self Portrait #1.2020.
The author of Self Portrait #1.2020, Dmitri Cherniak (Dmitri Cherniak), has been a prominent figure in the field of generative art for more than 10 years. According to public information, the author Dmitry Cherniak is an artist and programmer from New York. His algorithmic art has been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions in New York, San Francisco and Miami. His most recent work Ringers (2021) generates an algorithmic version of 1000 unique images on Art Blocks . Dmitry also regarded automation as his main artistic medium.
Dmitry chooses to use “automation” as the medium for his artistic realization. Even if non-technical people think that automation represents boring and roboticization, Dmitry insists on his choice. In Dmitry’s view, automation itself is far more creative than public perception.
The introduction of automated creation enabled him to automatically generate unique works of art in less than a fraction of a second.
This time, the $2.682 million generated encryption art Self Portrait #1.2020 was sold at Sotheby’s Metaverse, which is the most important work in Dmitry’s career. The special thing about this piece is that it takes incredible skill and patience to create something creative like yourself without using the original image. This is what Dmitry has achieved, and no one can match it.
In the process of creation, Dmitry needed to iterate on shapes and parameters for several hours, and fix the algorithm. The idea of “random” can be seen everywhere in the whole process, such as Dmitry’s random collection of circles, curves, He saw himself in the colors and lines, even his green eyes were staring at him.
In general, generative art is by no means shaped by random graffiti using computers, which is no different from unconscious children’s graffiti. The generated encrypted art created by the artists contains their thoughts on art, psychology, algorithm, color and ideology. These factors are combined and expressed in the form of encrypted art, and finally they get expensive bids.
Fall in love with generative encryption art
Just as NFT can have various art forms, generative art also has various forms of expression, and generative encrypted art also has a certain “playability”.
Take Art Blocks as an example. Unlike the usual number of avatar NFTs, which are usually fixed at 10,000, the upper limit of the series of works on Art Blocks is generally one thousand or several hundred. Another major difference from the head portrait NFT is that the buyer does not know what kind of work will be obtained before the mint of the generated artwork. It may be one of the following forms, which can only be based on the appearance of other works in the series. To make a rough inference, this means that generative art has strong scarcity and randomness, and it is also one of the main reasons that attract a large number of players to buy.
In addition, participants can also explore endlessly in a certain field according to their own preferences. For example, artists can not only explore visual images, but also explore in the field of video and audio.
At the beginning of October this year, when the generation artist 0xDEAFBEEF was interviewed by JPG co-founder Sam Spike, Sam Spike asked, what do you think of the relationship between audio and image?
0xDEAFBEEF believes that in terms of personal experience, he will seek differences, sometimes first looking for visual effects, and then looking for complementary sounds. 0xDEAFBEEF said that when he started sharing on Instagram, he quickly realized that for people to notice the audio, there must be a visual element. In visually dominated social media, voices are hard to notice. People can scroll through the images, but music needs time to stop.
In addition, in the interview, Sam Spike also talked about the relationship between generative art and meta-universe.
0xDEAFBEEF believes that the current metaverse VR world is done manually, which is very time-consuming. Programming tools are already very common in “real life”, such as industrial design, architecture, and game design. The addition of generative artistic ideas will save designers from the tediousness of repetitive work.
In other words, generative art is not only fun, it also has unlimited space for exploration, and it can also empower the concept of meta-universe.
Fecebook has recently changed its name to Meta. The CEO of Metaverse Upstart, Mark Zuckerberg, published the “Founder’s Letter”, explaining the company’s new vision of creating Metaverse. At the same time, he also said, “Our mission has not changed, and it is still to bring people together.”
This may ignite the enthusiasm of global investors for the concept of meta-universe, and the addition of generative art may also improve work efficiency and make the world of meta-universe more colorful.
In general, generating encrypted art is not just a simple Jpg automatic printing, but an excellent tool to improve the efficiency of artistic creation, and it is also a starting point for building a meta-universe.
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