What impact do NFTs have on the museum and gallery scene?

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NFT is a piece of digital information that can only be found on a blockchain and that can’t be copied. No one is in charge of keeping the records in a blockchain up to date. They keep track of transactions and are used to back digital currencies like Bitcoin. Don’t let your ideas about money keep you from seeing the money-making potential here.

Digital artists haven’t had it easy because their work isn’t always unique. Many individuals are now considering making money from digital art. Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for $2.9 million (€2.7 million). Paris Hilton, Eminem, and Grimes sold NFTs for a fortune. Mike Winkelmann’s (Beeple) digital art sold for $69 million (€61 million) in May 2017. Everydays: The First 5000 Days collects Winkelmann’s Everyday illustrations. 5,000 Everydays.

Bored Ape Yacht Club had the most success with these kinds of PFP projects. They made several versions of a cartoon ape. It sold for $3 million (or $3.4 million) a year ago. In the popular show Cryptopunks, there are a lot of “Cryptopunks.” In 2017, a Cryptopunk NFT cost more than €9.8 million ($11.2 million).

Given the situation, confusion can’t be helped. You can claim ownership of a picture even if you don’t have the physical copyright to it by staking a claim in the blockchain. “NFT” is the term we use to talk about this kind of transaction. It doesn’t matter if you spent $11 million on a chain of numbers called a blockchain or a pixelated picture of a punk band. That doesn’t matter for people who aren’t sure yet.
Many people support NFTs because they might help them in some way. They advertise themselves as a way for digital artists who have had trouble finding people interested in their “unique” works to make money on their own. Critics say that this is a waste of resources because all it is is the exchange of expensive addresses on opaque, resource-intensive blockchains. They also say that this will eventually cause the market to crash.

Can we use this in any way? Dr. Rachel O’Dwyer, who teaches at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), thinks that “blockchain-adjacent art” is more interesting when there is less speculation and hype about it. One expert says that the best artists “almost all use the blockchain as a way to talk about value.” In London, there is a gallery called Furtherfield. Around 2014, they started working on blockchain technologies. It also talks about how this could be used to give artists a living wage or start cooperatives for artists. Plantoid, one of the first pieces of self-creating blockchain art, took bitcoin as payment for food. After all, you’d have a say in how the end result looked. So, it was the idea of a creative project that would keep going. As an experiment, would it be possible to have art that keeps going on its own?

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Posted by Alex Vartmann
Web3 guru, and enjoys sugary liquorice.
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