Thousands of people marked a milestone by visiting the work of digital artist Refik Anadol
Organized by artbag -the blockchain and NFTs solutions company- and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the work “Machine Hallucinations: coral”, by Refik Anadol, the most influential digital artist in the world, caused a stir and was seen by thousands of people completely free of charge during a special exhibition held at the Teatro Colón on October 3 and the weekend of October 22 and 23 as part of the Night of the Museums, in the surroundings of the Museum of Arts Plastic Eduardo Sívori, in the woods of Palermo.
During the night of the 22nd, a series of talks were also held in a panel called WAGMI: web3 communities by Ripio and artbag in which Solow (@Solowcripto), Hashi (@somoshashi) and Resiliente (@Resiliente_eth) participated, hosted by Juan José Mendez Chief Brand Officer at Ripio, who talked with those present, answered questions and shared information about the new blockchain technology, the crypto world and NFT art.
Refik’s work thus marked a milestone, as it was the first time that a large NFT work of art was exhibited in South America in an open manner for all people.
All the action was framed within the “artbag experience: Buenos Aires”, which had the support of Borderless Capital and Ripio -the main crypto asset platform in Argentina and one of the fastest growing crypto companies in the region-. New cities in the region will soon be announced where similar experiences can be lived.
A work that sets records
“Machine Hallucinations: Coral” is one of the most important works in the history of digital art. At the crossroads between art, science and technology, this three-dimensional work presented for the first time on the beach at the Faena Hotel during Art Basel Week 2021, in Miami, combines data science, digital painting, audio, performance and immersive installation.
It is the result of ongoing research on the aesthetics of information, based on the collective visual memory of the urban and natural environment. Refik Anadol and his team collected 300 million data points focused on nature themes, used 1,742,772 coral images from publicly available social media platforms, and processed them with machine learning classification models. As the mind-machine begins to make its own connections between data points and “hallucinates” about alternative coral shapes and colors, the data universe expands into a dormant cosmos in which fluid dynamics become the main inspiration of Anadol’s artistic creativity. Machine Hallucinations:which tries to protect all species of coral reefs around the world. In addition, it is the first work of the artist created on the Algorand blockchain, which has a negative carbon emission.
Under the organization of artbag and the Ministry of Culture of the City in collaboration with Borderless Capital and Ripio, the “Artbag Buenos Aires Experience” will take place at the Teatro Colón. In addition, this action is supported by Agrotoken, Algorand, Koibanx, Travel X, Artlab, Decentraland and Aorist.
An artist who combines technology and art
Refik Anadol, born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985, is one of the world’s leading digital artists. His research focuses on discovering and developing innovative approaches related to data collection and artificial intelligence. His generative work highlights, through new media, the relationship of the human being with the environment, ecology and the society that surrounds us. Anadol’s body of work addresses the challenges and possibilities that computing has imposed on humanity and what it means to be human in the age of AI. Learn more at www.refikanadol.com
About the “Artbag Buenos Aires Experience”
It is the first of a program of artistic interventions that seeks to turn the city into a canvas. It proposes a program that seeks to escape the common places and occupy the public space, the street, the daily life of people. It is about surprising the public, showing that art surrounds us, configures us and lives among us at all times and places. Digital art gives us the opportunity to bring culture closer to people, it allows us to create a new audience and show the most innovative creations. As a first stop, the Teatro Colón in the City of Buenos Aires within the framework of the Art Week and in mid-October in the public space, will be the stage for one of the most important artists in the world: Refik Anadol.
About art bag
It is a blockchain technology company that offers tools designed especially for art and culture. It seeks to unite the world of art with the technological forefront, creating value for the entire artistic community. We dream of a world where art is synonymous with well-being and where everyone has access.
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About Borderless Capital
Borderless is the leading venture capital firm investing in vertical ecosystems and managing a portfolio of more than $600M USD within the networks of Algorand, Helium and the Edge-Fi web3 category.
With more than 3.5 million users, Ripio is the main crypto asset platform in Argentina and one of the fastest growing crypto companies in the region. The company was founded in 2013 by Argentine developer and entrepreneur Sebastián Serrano. Since then, it has expanded to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain and the United States and has forged strategic alliances with Mercado Pago, Visa and Circle with the mission of being the gateway to the crypto world.