BitCulture: Visual Art on Solana, AI Music, Podcast + Book Reviews

BitCulture explores art, culture, music and media across blockchain and web3.

visual arts on the blockchain

Exchange.art’s Chief Curator, Haley Caren, came to Web3 from some of the world’s leading art institutions and says working with the 14,000 artists in Solana’s fine art marketplace has expanded her choices.

Exchange.art Chief Curator Haley Karen (incorporated)

“I have a new appreciation for pixel art, voxels and things that are really unique to this place. It’s fascinating to see the difference between what I was most interested in two years ago and what I’m interested in now Was.

Karen, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, says her role has always been as a “conduit” between contemporary artists and the rest of the world. Especially when it combines traditional artists with a space that uses blockchain, NFTs, and artificial intelligence.

“The digital art and traditional art spaces are increasingly moving together. This is a big challenge for us at Exchange.art, but there is still a small gap,” she says.

“There is a bit of a prejudice against blockchain in a way, and I think it is a bit of an understatement.”

She says collectors are often unaware that blockchain can be used for provenance, and artists don’t realize that NFTs can be programmed to collect royalties every time a piece is sold. .

“It subverts some of the established norms in the art world, which don’t give artists enough say over their work,” she says.

“I try to help people, but also artists or traditional art collectors. It’s a process of, you know, understanding what crypto is, understanding what a wallet is.”

In the traditional art world, galleries are the gatekeepers. For artists to sell works, galleries must display them to buyers, for which they charge a commission of up to 50%.



NFTs help replace these gatekeepers and return control to artists.

“It is a huge change in terms of sovereignty and shifting it back to the artists. This puts a lot of responsibility on them to market their work, talk about their work, and present it coherently.

lisne hack artwork
incorporating aspects of the physical arts (Listen Hack, Aspire, 2022,

Caron sees her current role as a ‘sounding board’ for artists to think about how a series should be presented and marketed, how often, in what order?

One such artist Karen highlights is Lisanne Haack and her “Synergy” series (pictured at left). Hack is a digital painter who creates in a similar style to oil paint, but also charcoal and pastel.

“In a fascinating departure from physical art, she alternates the texture of the support between canvas and paper,” explains Caron, adding that digital tools hack, paste, rework, and cut sections to create digital works of art. allow to repeat.

Emerging trends in the space include artists “working with different AI programs and incorporating it into their creative process and then pushing themselves in a way that they may not have challenged before.”

She also points to the direct placement of conceptual art on the blockchain, as well as the emergence of illustration as a visual art form.

“After all, it has been given its due place. It was fascinating to see and learn more about this art form which has a long history and is not considered an art form in the traditional art world.

composer vs ai

AI has caused a worldwide stir with its ability to remix and create “new” works based on existing artists. Musicians and major record labels have taken very different positions on this.

Dance/electronics musician Grimes was a pioneer, offering to share 50% royalties with any “successful” AI-generated song that used his voice. She said that she thinks “it’s cool to be associated with the machine” and advocates for “open sourcing of all art and the killing of copyright”.

But rapper Ice Cube, who rose to fame with NWA in the late 80s, said in a recent interview that he would sue anyone creating an AI track that mimics his voice and offers tracks on any platform that does.

“It’s like a demon. No one can use and manipulate your original voice without paying. I think AI is demonic, I think AI will get a response from biological humans.

Universal Music Group has ordered streaming services like Spotify to ban AI from training on the label’s content. Last week, however, the label indicated it’s not against the technology if used properly, announcing a partnership with “wellness sound app” Andell to create “ethical” AI music that “brings to respected artists.” protects rights”.

UMG artists will use Andell’s AI technology to “create science-based soundscapes designed to enhance listeners’ well-being, including new music and new versions of catalog music.”

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Michael Nash, the label’s chief digital officer, said: “At UMG, we believe in the incredible potential of ethical AI as a tool to support and enhance the creativity of our artists, labels and songwriters, something that Andell has used with impressive ingenuity and scientific innovation.

Is this a temporary green light for AI makers from one of the music industry’s most powerful players?

Stay informed:

,Web3 Foundation partners with Heritage Music Festival

On May 31, the Web3 Foundation, which is behind the Polkadot blockchain, announced a new partnership with Primavera Pro to create the inaugural Web3 Music Summit in Madrid in June. Primavera Pro is known for hosting some of the biggest festivals in Spain, with hundreds of thousands in attendance. The conference focused on discussions about blockchain technology, experiential events, and the future of music in the digital age.

DJ Agoria Gives 100% Recording Rights To NFT Owners

French DJ Agoria announces his entry into the NFT scene via NFT music platform Bolero. Agoria revealed that his fans who collect his music in the form of NFTs will get 100% of the royalties redistributed. He added that it is “high time” to give back to the fans and also sees it as “a real and legitimate opportunity for my traditional partners to step into our ecosystem”.

Elon’s cryptic meme about AI

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a love-hate relationship with AI. While he helped found OpenAI, created robot armies, and bought GPUs to build his own generative AI tools, he has also warned about its destructive capabilities. Last week, the billionaire tweeted a cryptic meme about people entering the AI ​​space, ranging from mundane-looking humans to zombie-like zombies.

Podcast Review: The Edge of NFT

The Edge of NFT podcast explores the intersection of emerging technologies and culture, exploring everything from art to gaming and animation.

edge of nft
The edge of the NFT podcast logo.

Hosted by Ethan Janney, Jeff Kelly and Josh Krieger – three industry insiders and founders of Web3 consulting firm Mainchain Ventures – the show attracted more than 100,000 listeners last year.

This podcast goes beyond the technology and looks at the human element of how NFTs are changing the way communities and industries interact. 30-60 minutes in duration, each show interviews a guest and explores topics such as making better Web3 games, the importance of culture and royalties to Web3, and even taking tax breaks from NFTs.

Read also: Top 10 crypto artist Trevor Jones on getting rich, expanding and getting rich again: NFT creator

Big-name guests on the show include Dim Mac founder and DJ Steve Aoki, Sandbox founder Sebastian Borget, VFriends creator Gary Vaynerchuk, and Marta Belcher, president of the Filecoin Foundation. The presenters also regularly travel to high-profile events like Consensus and ETH Denver to lead interviewers and give listeners a taste of the event.

In last week’s episode, he covered a events With a 152-piece Generative Art collection of physical hand-crafted monoprints combined with NFTs at Christie’s art gallery in New York.

Book Review: Crypto TitansBy marcus thielen

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Crypto Titans was released in May.

Subtitled “How Trillions Were Made and Billions Lost in the Cryptocurrency Markets,” this 405-page book is out now. crypto titans Talks about the last 15 years of the cryptocurrency industry – from the publication of Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin white paper in 2008 to the ongoing banking crisis and US crypto crackdown in 2023.

more than just a history, crypto titans Reveals the interconnectedness of everything and everyone in crypto. How regulatory action in one country led to a massive crypto explosion in another. Where some crypto empires were built and others turned to rubble in a matter of days.

However, if you’re looking for an engrossing book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you may want to stick with fiction. The book aims to be objective and fact-based – with lots of references to Boot: 631 in fact.

This means that unless you’re a history buff, talking about fact after fact can get things a little dry. The book overcomes this with lots of chapters and sections – meaning you can easily dive in and out and pick it up again with a fresh mind.

There’s also a handy index in the back if you need a quick refresher on a specific company or person. Sam Bankman-Fried received 68 citations; Securities and Exchange Commission, 41.

This book is great for anyone interested in the history of crypto. Readers do not need to be familiar with crypto or financial jargon to enjoy it, although a basic understanding will certainly help.

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Savannah Fortis

Savannah Fortis

Savannah Fortis is a multimedia journalist who writes stories at the intersection of culture, international relations and technology.

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