By Shiela Bertillo
TZ APAC, the leading Asia-based blockchain adoption entity for the Tezos blockchain, will launch an NFT (non fungible token) art collection, “NFTs: The New North Star”, during Singapore Art Week 2022 which will be running from January 14 to 23.
The collection which aims to connect and empower artists worldwide through blockchain technology will feature some of Asia’s leading digital artists and illustrators at S.E.A Focus, a showcase of Southeast Asian contemporary art.
Tezos is the first public blockchain to present an Asia-centric NFT collection of this kind at S.E.A. Focus and Singapore Art Week.
The exhibit was developed in collaboration with S.E.A. Focus and with CAWA (Crypto Art Week Asia), one of the world’s largest crypto art showcases. Centred around the theme “chance…constellations,” S.E.A. Focus is the anchor event of this year’s Singapore Art Week and will be exhibiting over 150 artworks from over 50 artists and 24 galleries in the region.
“The utility of NFTs has come a long way in the past year, having impacted the art world from the ground up. No longer limited to traditional pathways, NFTs have offered alternatives to a new generation of creatives in terms of creating, exhibiting, owning, and monetising their own work. In a diverse region that has embraced innovation head on, we’ve seen a great deal of growth within the NFT ecosystem and this Tezos-powered showcase is a testament to and a celebration of the exciting developments and talent that we’re seeing across Asia,” David Tng, Head of Growth at TZ APAC, said in a statement.
George Galanakis, Founder of CAWA, expressed their views for the exhibit and noted that with this exhibition, CAWA “aimed to shine a spotlight on just a fraction of the incredible artistic talent we are seeing emerge across Asia and in the blockchain space.”
“These artists have gained prominence in a notoriously competitive space, which is testament to not just their individual abilities, but the growing recognition of the talent that exists in this region. This is only the beginning and CAWA is proud to support these artists as they continue to create,” he added.
The featured artworks were minted on Tezos blockchain from over 15 digital artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India, and Brunei with each artist “distinguished for their own style, aesthetic, and discipline.”
For instance, Indonesian artist Arya Mularama will showcase nostalgic 90s comic book aesthetics as well as the fusion of traditional and contemporary disciplines in Singaporean artist Yeo Shih Yun’s ink paintings, “the collection not only emphasises the diversity of the continent and its influences, but also the myriad of creativity that NFTs stand to bring to the art-making process.”
“NFTs have radically reshaped the art world, prompting artists of all types — including myself — to challenge existing conventions of ownership, monetisation, and exhibition. The Tezos ecosystem has provided me with a community and a platform on which I can freely innovate and express my craft. I’m proud to be celebrating this moment with fellow regional artists to showcase what NFTs can bring to Asia’s thriving arts ecosystem,” Yeo Shih Yun stated.
Other participating artists include Singapore-based abstract artist warrragwag; South Korean AI and machine learning painter CSLIM; Malaysian pixel art pioneer Moon; Indonesian experimental artist, multimedia designer, and musician Fahmi Mursyid; and many more.
Further, TZ APAC will also be hosting a live minting showcase on-site at the S.E.A. Focus gallery space, enabling visitors to experience firsthand the process of minting their own one-of-a-kind generative NFT.
These works will be minted onto the Tezos blockchain and will be accessible via Tezos’ browser-based Kukai wallet. Users will automatically be issued a wallet at the point of minting, created via direct authorisation login to one’s social media account of choice.
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