METAPHYSICAL Exhibition

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Bitski, an NFT startup


has held a NFT Project + Physical Exhibition at DorDor Gallery located in Bushwick, NY.

What is NFT?


If you don't know what an NFT is, that's fine, nobody Really knows. However, the video below made by Gary Vee really does makes sense.

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There's something strange here


This is the first time (to my knowledge) a reverse approach regarding NFT is taking place. NFT-original works are being transformed into physical works (printed, with a printers' ink, wow 2021 you've gone too far) to be presented to the public.

What's the point, you ask?


Maybe old-school artists (a nicer word for technophobs) will begin forming interest around this topic and barge with an inspirational spree of digital artworks that will eventually be sold, how surprising, on platforms like Bitski.

What do I think about it?

My opinion has two levels to it, an intro and a reason

1) NFT isn't Art

a Non-Fungible Token is not an Artwork (yet). It's basically a document, or certificate, deployed using blockchain technology. This means that this document can't be copied, duplicated etc, and is considered to be the ideal authenticator for a digital artwork. Having said that, the certificate of authenticity is not the artwork. It is just a nice way of saying that a specific digital file is original. Here's a nice example I made to make it visually simple for you.

 
 

Here's the sketch from my homepage.

 
It was originally made on paper, but I took a picture of it and made it digital. Here, it is in it's digital form, duh.
 
 
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Say I wants to sell this specific file, I would go to Bitski (or others), open an account, and upload my file there.

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This specific file has an NFT certificate now, and the world can see it's belongs to me.

Let's say it looks like this ➡️
NFT = 'Tom Sketch'
	if NFT = true 
		print(NFT "Authenticated")
This is an image I used after searching for "certificate of authenticity Sample" on Google Images.
This is an image I used after searching for "certificate of authenticity Sample" on Google Images.
 
 
The above isn't an NFT, but just a made-up piece of something that looks like code made to visualize the level of intangibility discussed here. But we want to make this easy, so let's say this is the NFT of that photo of the sketch.

If say, Shira, wants to use this file, she can, without asking me, Bitski

or anyone else. a NFT is made for purchase reasons almost exclusivley and doesn't protect anyone from unethical use of the digital art in the digital sphere.
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Here's Shira's copy. It's identical, exactly the same. I swear you won't know the difference (because there is non), she can upload it, share it, keep it or do anything she'd like with it, even if I own an NFT of its original copy.

2) There's work to be done

The art community, or people who make real things, will need some time to grasp the idea of a digital certificate that confirms a digital file's authenticity. It's not a Sotheby's auction document backed by 100 people who were present when the sale occured, it is a tool for artists to be able to sell their art, and for buyers to be sure (how sure can one be though?) they are purchasing the piece from its genuine creator.
Bitski is an early stage startup and it needs to scale fast. To do it faster they made a move that was an outcome of several effects, one of them being the buyers' desire for a larger selection of works. In a sense, this means a broader range of genres - with more artists being brought in, there is a greater amount of advocates, people who work and push their own work forward.
A consequence of this will be the push of Bitski's brand forward as well.

 
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