Space Race #1 [Submit Space Race Proposals HERE]

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• Space name / team name:

MORROW collective

• Name of primary contact:

Jennifer Stelco (stelcart)

• Names of additional Space admins:

Anna Seaman, Claire Harris, Origin Art Museum

• SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin:

stelcart, anaoanna, MORROW_collective, cobie, notreallyinterested, hobgadling, wmonk

• Short bio of you and/or your team:

Jennifer Stelco – traditional and NFT artist
Anna Seaman – Art writer, editor, journalist and curator
Claire Harris – branding, marketing and comms
Origin Art Museum –NFT collectors and museum with one of the largest metaverse footprints spanning Cryptovoxels, Decentraland, Substrata, The Sandbox and Somnium Space.

• Website & Social Media Links:

www.morrow-collective.com
www.instagram.com/morrow_collective
www.twitter.com/MorrowCollect

https://www.linkedin.com/company/morrow-collective/about/

• Summary/manifesto of your Space. What is the unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

We have one foot firmly planted in NFT art and culture, and the other foot in the traditional art world. We select art based on narrative, substance and relevance, and have a proven track record of being able to select the best and most interesting pieces, based around a revolving central theme. Our focus is on art that transcends both NFT and IRL worlds, and is undoubtedly exceptional, with something important to say.

• Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

Our first curatorial experience with SuperRare was in February, when Anna Seaman and Jennifer Stelco curated the Cryptovoxels exhibition Orchestra of Crickets, showcasing the art of stelcart, mercpin, hipworth, myriadinart, suryanto, jonathanwolfe, soulinearte, uweheinedebrodt, quasimondo, MBSJQ and glasscrane, many of whom have since shot to NFT stardom.

Since this exhibition we have curated three more large-scale shows, both in the metaverse and IRL, all drawing from the traditional art world and using physical fine art as a base. Our philosophy is that adding a digital life to each piece brings both collectors and artists into the NFT sphere via a channel of curation that they know and recognize. We’ve established relationships and partnerships with top-tier galleries and museums and are constantly working to build the unbreakable bridge between physical and digital artistic realms. Our Gallery partners are now hosting dedicated NFT spaces, screens and LED displays, to show the NFTs they have made with us permanently to their visitors.

We have had an incredible amount of press including a CNN feature, all of which you can find here:

https://www.morrow-collective.com/press

Plus having a marketing person within our team of course helps to create incredible content on all of our social channels, which are growing organically every day.

• Describe you/your team’s experience organising exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

We have organised 4 exhibitions to date, which involved everything from sourcing the art, helping with animations where necessary, signing established galleries and their artists, educating traditional artists and collectors about NFTs, marketing, editorial, press interviews, sourcing sponsorship, writing contracts, hosting Opensea auctions, hosting sister metaverse exhibitions, panel discussions, talks, and presentations. Our sales record is growing, and we have noticed that our audience thus far has mainly been traditional art collectors who we have bought into NFTs for the first time. As the NFT space continues to grow extensively, we are seeing lots of new amazing artists popping up every day, but there are not enough initiatives to create new collectors. This is something we offer and are always working on.

Our next exhibition is close to opening, titled 50/50, and is our first exhibition which shows natively digital art along side NFTs made from physical pieces.

Aside from our own curated exhibitions, we are working on a few other projects that are boosting our brand awareness and reach, for example our partnership with the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. For this we have teamed up with Terra Virtua to offer visitors to the Australian Pavilion (estimated at 20k per day) a free NFT gift.

We are also working with Fatima Bin Mohammed Initiative (FBMI), a not-for-profit, organisation that employs thousands of people, mainly women and widows, from Afghanistan to make hand-woven luxurious carpets, which are then sold in Dubai and elsewhere. The carpets are also the national gift of the UAE and the government have presented them to many esteemed dignitaries such as Barak Obama and Pope Francis. We are working with FBMI to animate digital copies of the carpets, create NFTs from their designer collections and auction them off to new collectors in Dubai, thus creating a new revenue stream for the women in Afghanistan. We are excited to be taking this project to Abu Dhabi Art, a renowned world art fair, visited annually by some of the most prominent art collectors in the world.

Our network is extensive, with a reach of art dealers, financial and investment advisors, galleries, museums, journalists and like-minded crypto folk.

Here is an example of a presentation we gave to an exclusive group of crypto-enthusiasts in Dubai, in partnership with Vent Finance:

And here, you will find a recorded webinar we hosted in partnership with Tashkeel, an art organization with a reach of 42k followers. Both of these are examples of how we are constantly working to educate on NFTs, from how to make them, to why they are important, to why they are a smart investment.

• Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

Yes. We have a constant flow of new artists coming into our orbit. We have 12 gallery partners from whom we select their best works from leading real world artists - Sara Rahbar, Hazem Harb, Bernardo Siciliano, Edward Woodley, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, El Anatsui to name a few. We are also moving forward with signing more galleries and we have well established relationships with many already through past exhibitions and from general involvement in the art world for over 10 years.

Furthermore, we have an artist incubator programme working with non-represented artists and bringing them into crypto for the first time.

• Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

We certainly have a list of favourites, although we have not communicated our application to space with any of them yet. Origin Art Museum has been supporting NFT artists from all walks of life since the very early days, and has established relationships with many of them. Jennifer Stelco (stelcart) has collaborated with many other artists, over the past year of her NFT involvement. In the same way as we curated the SuperRare Cryptovoxels space earlier this year, we are very excited about the prospect of bringing in existing crypto artists. We believe that MORROW collective has the curatorial expertise to not only select great art, but lift it to a new artistic level.

• Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

MORROW collective is always planning exhibitions, both IRL and in the Metaverse. Super Rare spaces would be an ideal place for our rotation of thoughtfully curated shows to reach new crypto audiences. The space would help us reach the ultimate goal of inter-realm art collector audiences.
Over the past six months we have launched three large-scale exhibitions (four if you include Orchestra Of Crickets) which was arguably the birth of MORROW collective. We plan to continue at this rate, hosting 2 “mega-shows” each year (eg GENESIS, which can be viewed here: Cryptovoxels ) comprised of 50 artworks, and 4-6 smaller exhibitions eg. NFT/IRL which exists both in a physical art gallery and a metaverse gallery and can be viewed here

We are primarily NFT art curators. Our passion is bringing together selected artworks into cohesive exhibitions, creating stories, and presenting art in its best possible light.

• How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

15% - Superrare
15% - MORROW collective / Gallery
70% - Artist

• To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

NFTs have revolutionised the way that art is bought and sold, bringing transparency to transactions thanks to blockchain technology. They have also allowed artists to expand their creativity beyond the normal realms of physics – using sound, animation and dimensionality. They are really so exciting. NFTs have created an entirely new category of art, and brought the arts back into mainstream culture. NFTs have raised artist profiles, enabled the less-fortunate, built cross-cultural relationships, and given so many artists, collectors and curators an amazing, supportive community to thrive in.

MORROW collective believes 100% that the future of NFT art is strong and inevitable. In five years, the OG artists are going to be in the art textbooks of future generations. The traditional and NFT art worlds will merge, lifting each other. Collectors are getting younger, future generations are already proving to be digitally native folk who don’t see many of the technical barriers that currently exist. We also believe that NFTs will not overrule traditional art – there is room for both, and we will always have a strong relationship with both. But they will absolutely co-exist, and will have their cross-overs, but also their own individual places.

• If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

An international tea-party style platter, consisting of the finest and most carefully sourced sandwiches and cakes from all corners of the world. Why? Because that’s exactly what our art is: finely tuned, high quality, crisp, fresh and a treat for the eyes and soul.

• Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

A rising tide lifts all boats!

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Space name / team name: Museum of Crypto Art (M○C△)

Name of primary contact: Colborn Bell

Names of additional Space admins: Shivani Mitra, Micol Apruzzese

SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin: @colborn / @shivani / @verticalcryptoart

Short bio of you and/or your team: The Museum of Crypto Art (M○C△) is a Metaverse museum that lives in virtual reality and exhibits across digital worlds. M○C△ is committed to showcasing the breadth and depth of the crypto art movement, emphasizing how blockchain, as an open-access, permission-less network, has onboarded global talent and redefined the creative economy. It is a global foundation, governance vehicle, and innovation lab working to preserve and honor crypto art and its creators.

Colborn is one of the earliest and largest collectors on SuperRare, having purchased 700+ pieces from 200+ artists. He has irrevocably donated 150+ pieces to the M○C△ Genesis Collection, while curating countless exhibits, artist interviews, and collaborations across the NFT space.

Shivani is a bad-ass MFer and is the key to making the M○C△ :sparkles: magic :sparkles: happen. She has coordinated exhibitions and artist collaborations for the last year at M○C△ and led the redevelopment of the Incubator of Crypto Art.

Micol is the founder of VerticalCrypto Art. With an indelible eye for emerging talent, Micol has proven herself one of the most consistent and passionate voices for artists in the NFT space.:heartbeat:

Website & Social Media Links:

Summary/manifesto of your Space. What is the unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

M○C△’s Space will be exclusive to artists in the Museum’s Collection and seek to refocus energy and effort around the earliest creators in the space. We will leverage our existing platform to give these artists an opportunity to provide deeper context on their artwork and elaborate on their creative process. Profits from M○C△’s Space will be used to reinforce and support the efforts of the foundation, the Incubator, and the artists in our collection. This will be a space for crypto art and those who believe blockchain technology can facilitate a more free and equitable economic paradigm for the arts.

Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

The Museum opened its doors in April 2020 and has since shown hundreds of artworks, curated over twenty solo and group exhibitions, and provided material and promotional support for established and emerging artists. This has included numerous interviews, panels, and educational talks, providing Metaverse lands to dozens of artists and curators for showcases, and over $35k in grants.

Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

Here’s some pictures of some exhibitions we’ve done. We’ve also advised countless artists on how to make art sales, run auctions, and connect with collectors.





Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

This is meant to be a space where existing but underappreciated artists can provide context and dive deeper into works they believe deserve a critical spotlight. We get approached by new artists constantly and will always look to the edges of the crypto art scene, but want to first focus on established relationships before expanding outwards.

Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

Yes but let’s take it slow :kiss:
All good things revealed in time

Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

We know Metaverse shows inside and out. We will work on behalf of the collective of artists in the Museum and the future partnerships that will emerge. We will always be promoting art and artists first and looking for what is next.

We have built enduring relationships with artists, collectors, and curators. With our established presence in the Metaverse, our SR space will be a place for cross-cutting collaborations, connecting artists with buyers*, and supporting on-going operations at the Museum.

*idk, maybe we will also negotiate shady backroom deals with uber-wealthy collectors to ensure you get the respect you deserve, no promises :crossed_fingers:

How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

Producing and showcasing great art is the motive.
Maybe 100% to the artist, 5% to MOCA, 5% to the DAO :man_shrugging:
Wait those numbers don’t add up? They do when you always give 110% :wink:

seriously tho. let’s call it 90% artist, 5% MOCA, 5% DAO :heartbeat:

To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

NFTs are the trojan horse for mainstream cryptocurrency adoption. Cryptocurrency invites a freer, more accessible and more equitable economic environment. It unlocks global creative expression and allows everyone to reimagine themselves as an artist. NFTs flatten stale and stagnant power structures, returning self-determination to individuals and away from governmental tyranny and tech oligopolies. It is a sacred duty for artists to convey the visual language of this movement to a broader audience, so that we may all enjoy a better future.

As the world becomes increasingly digital, our digital personas become increasingly vital. We will reinvent “who” we are online, creating and curating identity based not on any preconceived physical judgment or bias, but by our contributions to communities and the ways in which we define our digital selves.

If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

Water because we’re clear and pure and you’ll die without us :skull_and_crossbones::sweat_drops::sweat_drops::skull_and_crossbones:

Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

We are opening a physical home for the Museum in Kingston, NY soon. It will be an artist residency, communal work space, and large exhibition and installation space for crypto art.

Also…consider voting for us :woman_shrugging:

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You have my support :last_quarter_moon_with_face::sparkles:

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thanks Jaen, means the world to us

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Space name / team name: MONOGRAMA

Name of primary contact: Hervé Delhumeau

Names of additional Space admins: - 0 -

SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin: H_Vault / Herve

Short bio of you:

Lateral Thinker, Art Collector, Blockchain Enthusiast & World Citizen. In the Crypto space since 2016 collecting Digital Art on SR since early 2020.

Entrepreneur minded, delivering disrupting new businesses bridging physical with digital world for 25 years. Ex NEC LATAM CSO - 100% dedicated to MONOGRAMA since March 2021.

Excellent communicator summed to unique problem-solving abilities. Build multidisciplinary teams and drive complex projects to success.

Personal Info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/delhumeaubusinessdevelopment/

Website & Social Media Links:

Summary/manifesto of your Space:

Monograma was created to:

  • Grow a Global Community of Crypto Artists and NFT Collectors to facilitate Social Financial & Digital Inclusion around the World
  • Be a Disruptive Platform to generate the Exchange of Knowledge and Development of a Socially Committed Crypto Art Community
  • Build Human Capital & Create Social Values to Leverage Social Impact
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MONOGRAMA Unique Value Proposition:

  • Unique project of its kind in the CryptoArt Space
  • Fair Trade Decentralized Organization (46% Artist / 30% Treasury / 19% MONOGRAMA OPEX)
  • DAO Treasury funded by 30% of Total Net Sales (Address 0x9f4c065264368cbe32924e9f9a6107403c6b7143 | Etherscan)
  • Targeted Social Impact Actions within the MONOGRAMA Artists Community
  • Disruptive Artist Launch Pad
  • Universal & Inclusive and Unique in the Space
  • Market Place & Blockchain Agnostic
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What type of art will you focus on?

  • 1/1 Artworks Only
  • Design of all kind – Photography – Musique – Poems
  • Mixed Technics
  • Multimedia / AR / VR
  • Influential & Emerging Artists Worldwide

How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

  • MONOGRAMA Artist and Collectors Community Network built on Personal Beliefs and Social Values.
  • Over 80 Artists around the world onboarded in the last 100 Days (and growing)
  • Private MONOGRAMA Discord Channel for Exchange / Promocion / Ideas / Co Creation / Present Social Impact Actions Projects and Vote for Funding.
  • Own Lands in AR and Metaverse (Somnium 2 XL / 1 M / 1S)
  • Credibility / Seriousness / Transparency / Innovation
  • Self-Funded
  • Strategic Alliances
  • WORKING PROJECT / MVP - ACID Test passed - Ready for Global Scalling -

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Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

VR GALLERIES @ ONCYBER

AMAZONIA PROJECT * https://www.superworldapp.com/nft-drop-landing/#amazonia

ABC NFT - Collab with Suryanto * https://opensea.io/collection/suryantonft

Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

Today Monograma is already working with over 80 Artists from more than 52 Countries around the world. The following curated list include serious candidates that have already created a MONOGRAMA and could be included in MONOGRAMA Space in the next 6 months:

  • MONOGRAMA 5 COD|https://twitter.com/badbadcod_
  • MONOGRAMA 6 Budi Santosa|https://twitter.com/budibisa
  • MONOGRAMA 7 Oonthinice / Inesa|https://twitter.com/oonthinice
  • MONOGRAMA 8 Keiko Kitahara|https://twitter.com/kitahara_keiko
  • MONOGRAMA 12 Adesola|https://twitter.com/Arclighttt
  • MONOGRAMA 13 Mark Liam|https://twitter.com/MarkLiamSmith
  • MONOGRAMA 16 Ali Farouk Saloum|https://twitter.com/alifarouksaloum
  • MONOGRAMA 19 Yussuf Aina|https://twitter.com/yusuff_aina
  • MONOGRAMA 23 Kstn|https://twitter.com/ktsn_marsel
  • MONOGRAMA 24 Kinessisk|https://twitter.com/kinessisk
  • MONOGRAMA 27 Owo Aniete|https://twitter.com/OwoAnietie
  • MONOGRAMA 28 Sion|https://twitter.com/SionTheArtist
  • MONOGRAMA 29 Pierre Gervois|https://twitter.com/pgervois
  • MONOGRAMA 30 Eli The Great|https://twitter.com/AmaremoElaebi
  • MONOGRAMA 31 Octavio|https://twitter.com/octavioirving2
  • MONOGRAMA 33 Angela MAntilla|https://twitter.com/mantilla_angy
  • MONOGRAMA 34 Jules|https://twitter.com/jvlive_H
  • MONOGRAMA 40 Linda|https://twitter.com/LindaDouniaR
  • MONOGRAMA 41 Liam|https://twitter.com/vintagemozart
  • MONOGRAMA 42 Ana Maria|https://twitter.com/theDSnotebook
  • MONOGRAMA 43 Ykhulio|https://twitter.com/ykhulio
  • MONOGRAMA 44 Moyin|https://twitter.com/moyicii

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Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

We are in conversation with over 200 Candidates Worldwide and the following 30 Artists have committed to participate to the MONOGRAMA Initiative.

  • Osinachi|https://twitter.com/osinachiart
  • Patrick Amadon|https://twitter.com/patrickamadon
  • Coldie|https://twitter.com/Coldie
  • Yura|https://twitter.com/YuraMironArt
  • Carlos Marcial|https://twitter.com/carlosmarcialt
  • Jãodasartes|https://twitter.com/jaodasartes
  • Ulka Mak|https://twitter.com/Ulkamak1
  • Andry|https://twitter.com/TAGAPAW
  • Asian Junkies|https://twitter.com/Asianjunkies_
  • Cullen|https://twitter.com/CullenColors|
  • Kako Abraham|https://twitter.com/theoldmorty
  • Santiago_ruau|https://twitter.com/ruau_santiago
  • Murat Atimtay|https://twitter.com/atimtay
  • Domingo Beta|https://twitter.com/glycemag
  • Rizacan Kumas|https://twitter.com/KumasRizacan
  • Kpllo|https://twitter.com/p_kpllo
  • Z4HIIR|https://twitter.com/Z4HIIR
  • XT|https://twitter.com/xtillgood
  • Tuukzs|https://twitter.com/tuukzs
  • NftPasso|https://twitter.com/NftPasso
  • Shahub68|https://twitter.com/shahub68
  • Thais Silva|https://twitter.com/blackcollage_
  • HesherK2|https://twitter.com/HesherK2
  • Junrott|https://twitter.com/junrott
  • Tommy Lei|https://twitter.com/my_belonging
  • Yuyo del Valle|https://twitter.com/YuyoDelValle
  • Taro|https://twitter.com/_THENEWVENUS
  • The Dallah|https://twitter.com/the_dallah
  • Reinard|https://twitter.com/Reinhard_Schmid
  • Joel|https://twitter.com/Joelno14

Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

Monograma Space will be operated as follow:

  • MONOGRAMA Collection Rotating Exhibition (30 to 50 Artworks Continuously)
  • Monthly Auction – 1 Influential Artist + 10 Emerging Artists (selected jointly between MONOGRAMA and the Influential Artist)
  • Artists & Mixed Techniques together at Regional Level (Africa / Latam / US / Asia)
  • Reserve Price / Coldie Auction for Price Discovery / For all the collection

How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

  • 5% SR DAO commission on Space Primary Sales
  • 46% Artist + 10% Copyright for Secondary Market
  • 30% MONOGRAMA DAO Treasury Fund / Accessible to all MONOGRAMA Artists
  • 19% MONOGRAMA OPEX

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To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology?

  • The NFT is a crypto asset which represents an object
  • The Underlayer Technology allows Immediate Transfer of Wealth between Collector & Artists
  • The immutable nature of NFT is the key to their success as a reliable form of authentication of original work in the digital world

Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

  • NFT will be a commodity
  • Crypto Art Space a Revolution in the Metaverse powered by Meta Data, Defi, Smart Contract and new technologies.

If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

A lemonade: Lima from Peru – Water from Fiji – Ginger from Africa – Sugar Cane from Cuba – Ice from Antarctica -

Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

  • MONOGRAMA will bring a unique new dimension to SuperRare Space Project by the quality of its community on the 5 Continents
  • MONOGRAMA will build a space where fair trade & social impact enrich SuperRare ecosystem identity and bring new income streams to artists.
  • MONOGRAMA is a working project ready to operate on Space.
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Your vote and only your vote will make this possible. Thanks in advance for your trust !!!

Hervé

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BnoiitC SuperRare Space

Space name / team name:

New French Touch

Name of primary contact:

BnoiitC

Names of additional Space admins:

TBD - Established Artists and Galerists

SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin:

BnoiitC

Short bio of you and/or your team:

MoCA Founder (2018) – Active member of the Cryptoart and Metaverse communities – Recognized cryptoart collector

Website & Social Media Links:

Twitter @BnoiitC

Summary/manifesto of your Space. What is the unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

Promotion of French emerging cryptoartists – Focus on early cryptoart aesthetic and themes

Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

Founder of MoCA and manager of the main Museum and several Metaverse galleries and artist residences

Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

500+ artworks collected – several solo shows and artist residence set up – occasional high price sales

Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

Regular IRL meetings with French artists curious about NFTs and Cryptoart, some already in the space, some still to be onboarded.

Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

Multiple projects under discussion

Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

The Space will benefit from a dedicated Metaverse space and the promotion from @BnoiitC and @museumcryptoart tweeter handles. A large physical space opening in Paris is currently being discussed

How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

TBD from 10 to 20%

To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

NFT is disrupting the Art market to an extent that is still not yet fully understood. It is also a strong driver for a significant art renaissance led by new artists bringing a new energy to the art space.

If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

A surprising dish in a trendy boutique Paris restaurant

Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

The NFT French scene is currently emerging and I am part of many ongoing projects that focus on the French Scene. From 2018 I never focused on France and I feel it is the right time to bring this focus.

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:eyes: you love to see it!

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1. Space name / team name: 0x Society

2. Name of primary contact: Yannick Folla AKA Bur0x

3. Names of additional Space admins: Alexy Préfontaine AKA Aeforia, Alycia Rainaud AKA Maalavidaa

4. SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin: @bur0x_vault, @aeforia, @maalavidaa

5. Short bio of you and/or your team: 0x Society is a Canadian non profit organization founded in May 2021 dedicated to enabling the digital art renaissance by promoting, diffusing and supporting the crypto art movement.

We opened the first NFT gallery in Canada in June 2021, offering not only highly curated in-person and virtual exhibitions, but also thorough educational content with 0x Academy and generous grant programs for artists. Our physical space is located in the heart of Montreal at the New City Gas. The area attracts a lot of art enthusiasts and can host up to 4000 people upstairs, something we are hoping to take advantage of once COVID-19 measures have decreased.

We curate a new themed exhibition every two months with artists from SuperRare and are currently in our second exhibition, showcasing Canadian talent. Our third exhibition will start in early November and will be about how technology is slowly merging with humans. Each exhibition is presented in person at our gallery and on Spatial in our virtual gallery.

Yannick, (Bur0x), started collecting crypto art in February 2021 and by April, he had built one of the top 60 collections of all-time by total purchases on SuperRare. He co-founded 0x Society and he’s in charge of development and collaborations for the organization.

Bianca studied intellectual property law and wrote a thesis on using blockchain to authenticate art. She co-founded 0x Society and is in charge of overseeing daily operations, curation and organizing events.

Alycia, (Maalavidaa), is a French Graphic Designer and Digital Artist based in Montréal, Canada and the founder of Heal the Deal. She is a creative advisor for 0x Society and helps to coordinate branding, communication and marketing operations. She is also a mentor for our grants program.

Alexy, (Aeforia), is a 3D artist from Montreal, Canada. He is a creative advisor for 0x Society and helps to coordinate branding, communication and marketing operations. She is also a mentor for our grants program.

6. Website & Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.0xsociety.com/ [In construction]
Spatial Gallery: https://app.spatial.io/rooms/60c4e9fb6c51d5094899b6a9share=8452431153236275342
Twitter: https://twitter.com/0x_society
Instagram: Login • Instagram
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7. Summary/manifesto of your Space. What is the unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

0x Society will bridge the physical and digital worlds with the synergy between 0x Society Space and 0x Society’s gallery located in Montreal, Canada. 0x Society’s Space will follow the themes of our curated exhibitions regarding the selection of new artists and artworks so that our curatorial work can expand to the digital world.

Our physical exhibitions are based on a unique theme, last 2 months and showcase 12 artworks specifically created for the exhibition by 12 different artists. For example, our previous exhibitions’ themes have included “Solstice: celebrating life resuming its course, along with the bloom of summer” and “Cote 2 Coast: showcasing Canadian talent in crypto art, from coast to coast”. With the 0x Society Space, we would be able to support even more Canadian and international artists in their journey by removing our current limit of 12 artists per exhibition.

The genesis works accepted on 0x Society Space will thus follow the theme of the ongoing physical exhibition. Collectors will be able to dive deep into a given artistic theme for 2 months, creating an even deeper curated experience. One exhibition might focus on cyberpunk artworks while the next will explore the world of video game concept artists, another will promote some of the top talents in generative art while a fourth might focus on abstract painters making their way into CryptoArt.

Every new exhibition will bring entirely new styles and experiences for collectors where they will be able to discover various categories of CryptoArt from vastly different artists. We will also allow previously onboarded artists to explore more styles and themes to bring diversity to the Space during exhibitions so collectors always have artworks they can connect with. Onboarded artists will also be prioritized to be part of our physical exhibitions, adding value to the 0x Society Space curation process.

8. Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

Yannick(Bur0x) and Bianca have built one of the top art collections in the space and are acting as principal curators of 0x Society.

Alycia (Maalavidaa) has sold 11 artworks on SuperRare to date, for an average price of 8ETH and has consistently sold out all her minted artworks. She is also a curator for 888 The New World where she helps in curating artworks made by women.

Alexy (Aeforia) has sold 10 artworks on SuperRare for an average price of 9ETH and has consistently sold out all his minted artworks.

Combined, they have close to 400k followers on social media platforms and have consistently worked for the promotion of crypto art. 0x Society also has a dedicated marketing and communication team that creates content on a daily basis to promote the work of its artists and to educate the community.

9. Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

Up to now, 0x Society has curated two NFT exhibitions in its physical and digital spaces.

Our first exhibition, “Solstice”, launched on June 21st. It included some of the top crypto artists in the industry, such as Annibale Siconolfi, Raphael Lacoste, Melissa Mathieson, Clement Morin, Sean Mundy, Kristian Levin, Daniel Taylor, Smeccea, Cath Simard, Parrot, Josh Pierce, and Blake Kathryn. Nine out of twelve artworks created for the exhibition have been sold to date.

Our current exhibition, “Côte 2 Coast”, launched on August 25th and includes twelve of the top Canadian crypto artists: Aeforia, Tim Riopelle, Vini Naso, Maalavidaa, Jonathan Wolfe, Callen Schaub, Cath Simard, Michael Sidofsky, Ryan Koopmans, Ayla El-Moussa, Donglu, and Niko_4969. 10 out of 12 artworks created for the exhibition have been sold to date, including 8 within the first 3 days.

The physical gallery currently 1,000 visitors on average per week, including some of the biggest NFT and contemporary art collectors in canada. We have hosted exhibition launch events in our virtual gallery on Spatial.io and in our physical space, gathering hundreds of NFT enthusiasts. We created 0x Society as a way to onboard the next 100,000 collectors and artists to this space and so far we have executed on this vision.

Between 0x Society and its team, we have shown a strong ability to build a network and a community within the space, as well as executing exhibitions, running sales, and networking with collectors and artists.

10. Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

0x Society’s main mission is to help onboard the next 100,000 artists into the NFT industry.

One of our initiatives, 0x Grants program, just launched on October 4th. We have selected 12 promising Canadian artists (digitally native or not) who will follow 8 weeks of workshops on different topics related to crypto art and the industry. The goal is to help them create an NFT and mostly to help them market themselves. To do this, we have matched each artist with a mentor (artists and collectors) in order to help them get personalized advice leading up to the minting of their NFT and the exhibition we will host at our gallery in December. To make the experience seamless for them, we are offering each of them an invite on Foundation and we will also be paying all of their minting and listing fees.

Having a SuperRare Space, we could create an edition for artists who are already on Foundation or other platforms and guide them in becoming SuperRare artists. Each 0x Grants cohort could lead to an invitation on SuperRare, which would help us to grow the talent spectrum on SuperRare, but also on our platform.

11. Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

Our goal is to become the main home for all artists who go through 0x Society’s exhibitions, but also to become the on-ramp to CryptoArt for new talents making their way into the space through our grants program or via application.

To start, we will onboard all artists that have gone through our exhibitions to date:

Annibale Siconolfi, Raphael Lacoste, Melissa Mathieson, Clement Morin, Sean Mundy, Kristian Levin, Daniel Taylor, Smeccea, Cath Simard, Parrot, Josh Pierce, Blake Kathryn, Aeforia, Tim Riopelle, Vini Naso, Maalavidaa, Jonathan Wolfe, Callen Schaub, Michael Sidofsky, Ryan Koopmans, Ayla El-Moussa, Donglu, and Niko_4969.

As well as those that will be participating in our next exhibition:

Xsullo, Alan Bolton, Ryan Talbot, RWR2, Adam Priester, Maskarade, Gryun Kim, NessGraphics, Caskall, Trs.mnz, BakaArts, Dominik Guembel.

Our upcoming grants program will be composed of 12 rising Canadian artists who will also be given a chance to apply. This should create a healthy pool of talent to seed the 0x Society Space and attract more talent over time.

12. Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

New themes and exhibitions will launch every 2 months. Selected artists will be able to mint their genesis under the current theme and will be able to follow their own cadence thereafter. We will cap genesis mints at 5 per week to maximize the focus on new artists in the 0x Society Space.

Additionally, artists will be able to choose their own auction strategy (reserve, no set price, set price will all be accepted).

To maximize engagement within the 0x Society Space, and the involvement of our artists and community, we are planning on decentralizing 0x Society and launching a DAO where token holders will be able to participate in the curation process and the use of our treasury. This will allow the community to build new programs to onboard or promote artists. Our goal is also to grow the 0x Society brand globally and to do so, we collectors and artists will unite to open their own 0x Society physical galleries in other cities as part of our DAO.

13. How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

We are planning on following the current structure of 15% commission, including SuperRare’s cut. This will be used to support the operations of our physical gallery, grow the curation and marketing team for the space, and expand the 0x Grants program.

As a non-profit organization operating in a large physical space in downtown Montreal with 4 employees on staff, we have substantial costs that need to be covered via the sales made under the 0x Society brand. No admin will take a salary for the foreseeable future as we focus the use of our resources on expanding the offering for artists and collectors.

Artists that have been part of our exhibitions have found this fee to be fair as it allows many more people to discover CryptoArt and learn about the artists’ stories.

14. To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

We believe the CryptoArt space is bound to overtake the physical art market cap and annual trading volume in 5 years because of its inherently digital killer features:

  1. CryptoArt splits the ability to own and the ability to enjoy an artwork, creating a strong flywheel where the more people see, share, and enjoy an artwork, the more the original becomes valuable and desired.

  2. CryptoArt offers much more liquidity and hence capital velocity as early successful bets in an artist that turn into a good profit can be reinvested quickly in the space.

  3. CryptoArt requires no restoration or storage costs, allowing everyone to enjoy the artwork as it was meant to be enjoyed, while the NFT is kept safe.

  4. CryptoArt is much more accessible as you can have a single frame with a complete collection, and the multi-sensory experience offered by the medium makes for a great gateway into art for new generations.

NFTs were the missing catalyst for the emancipation of digital art as a dominant artistic medium.

15. If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

If 0x Society’s was a dish, it would probably be an “Omakase”. Omakase is a Japanese phrase normally used in sushi restaurants, which means “I’ll leave it up to you”. It literally means you leave it up to the chef to create a once in a lifetime experience by selecting the perfect seasonal specialties, innovative ingredients and impressing precision. It is often referred to as an artistic experience.

0x Society, in a way, aims to present something new to people with each exhibition. NFTs are still in their early phase and sometimes, people don’t even know what they’re looking for. This industry can be quite overwhelming for someone new. But at 0x Society, artists and collectors can leave it up to us to present them with a one of a kind and memorable experience that will “wow” them every single time. We also want to become the gateway to art for people who didn’t even know they could like digital art, and we think that in order to do so, we must present them with the most curated and thought-of works.

16. Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

Our goal is to decentralize 0x Society’s ownership and to grow its brand and impact globally. To do so, we’re looking to launch a DAO in Q4 or Q1 that would play a role in the curation of the 0x Society Space, the 0x Society physical exhibitions, but also manage the treasury to fund more artist-focused initiatives.

If we move forward with the project, part of the token distribution will be based on the votes obtained during the Space Race, meaning believers in the 0x Society Space will automatically become members of its DAO and future growth. Voting for the 0x Society Space is a great way to get even more exposure to the CryptoArt ecosystem.

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New French Touch
SuperRare Space

The NFT French scene is currently emerging and the New French Touch Space team is part of many ongoing projects involving French artists and institutional players.

We feel this is the right time, with the launch of New French Touch, to give shape to the emerging French Cryptoart scene and a unique opportunity for SuperRare to take the lead in this territory and extend its global footprint.

This is also a critical turn for historic cryptoart actors like SuperRare to keep momentum and maintain their lead while prestigious, deep pocket, well established traditional art players are still trying to figure out how to catch up and invest the space, capitalizing on their physical territorial presence and IRL network.

New French Touch also has the ambition to set standards for future territorial SuperRare Spaces and will be happy to share experiences with future Space candidates.

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This is the abridged version of the Superniftyfan application for a SuperRare Space for easier reading by the voters. You can read the full unabridged version on our blog post.


1. Space name / team name:

Superniftyfan

2. Name of primary contact:

Chikai Ohazama

3. Names of additional Space admins:

None. It’s just me.

4. SuperRare username(s) of everyone who will be a Space admin:

chikai

5. Short bio of you and/or your team:

My name is Chikai Ohazama. I was one of the co-creators of Google Earth and this year I dove head first into NFTs. I started by buying one NFT and then another and another. And with each purchase, I started to uncover one of the most incredible communities I have ever seen in my life. As most of you know, NFTs warps your sense of time and so before I knew it, I was a collector.

It seems like such a lofty title to be a “collector”, but that’s what I’ve become in this crazy new world of NFTs. I personally see myself as just a fan. A fan of art. A fan of artists. A fan who can’t believe he gets to hang out with all the cool art kids. And that’s it. That’s the core of why I’m here, I love the art. I love the artists.

And when you love something, you want to find ways to care for it and you want to help it succeed. So I took the skills I developed building and scaling Google Earth and put them to work. I built Superniftyfan, which began as a tool to help me organize the NFTs I wanted to buy and it has grown into a platform and a brand that I am using to help bring more visibility to more artists. It now includes a merchandise store, rankings for upcoming categories (i.e. photography collections, art series), and many projects and collaborations with artists.

And for the moment, it’s just me. There is no team of people behind me. I’m doing all the coding, designing, social media, networking, deal making, collaboration, as well as all the dirty grungy work to make this all happen. And it’s only possible because of all the wonderful and generous people in the NFT community. Everybody is willing to lend a helping hand and so many artists are willing to collaborate with me. It’s been very humbling.

6. Website & Social Media Links:

https://supernifty.fan

https://twitter.com/lifeofc (personal)

https://twitter.com/superniftyfan (superniftyfan)

7. Summary/manifesto of your Space. What is the unique value prop / elevator pitch? What type of art will you focus on? How will your Space stand out among the crowd?

I am a champion for the unseen artists and the under appreciated art forms, the diamonds in the rough, the ones that sometimes aren’t the loudest voices on social media, and I want to give them the attention and respect they deserve. In order to accomplish this, I need to look where nobody else is looking. I need to reach out to artists that nobody else cares about. I need to look under the rocks where everybody else is too lazy to look. These are the artists I want to service with Superniftyfan, these are the artists I want to help shed more light upon.

But among those artists, there will be a few that will make a breakthrough. And like the slim gap between two curtains at sunrise, there will be that first beam of light that will shine through to start illuminating the next level of their art. And those are the ones that I want to recognize and lift up with my SuperRare Space.

I want to be the first person to tell that artist that they deserve to be in a top tier gallery and their work is worthy of its own exhibition. I want to be the first person to tell them that their art should be worth ten times more than their current reserve price. And I want to show them this respect by inviting them to my SuperRare Space. The space will be highly curated. The space will be an exclusive group of artists. The art will be exceptional and it will lean towards up-and-coming art forms that have not yet reached the mainstream.

But these new artists will not only need attention and a platform to recognize the value of their art, but they will also need great mentorship from those that have blazed the path before them. So to that end, I will be inviting legendary artists into the space to help bring visibility but also their knowledge and experience to this exclusive community of artists. And in this wonderful new world of NFTs, who is new and who is legendary may not always be mutually exclusive. A legendary artist who has never minted an NFT could be invited into the space and so learning will be shared all around.

This is my vision for my SuperRare Space. I want to make the unseen seen. I want to bring together the old and the new. I want to bring together artists who have reached that next level of excellence and create a warm and supportive community that will lift up all parties involved.

8. Describe you/your team’s experience curating and promoting artwork:

I think there is no better way to show my experience curating and promoting artwork than to give you concrete examples. NFTs are such a brand new medium that I believe it will take a brand new approach to find and promote artists, so much of what I’m going to highlight are experiments. They are not traditional approaches to art promotion, they are as much about seizing an opportunity as it is about creative brainstorming. But at its core, it’s about building trust and support from the community. Without that, no artist will work with you. No collector will listen to you.

  • Superniftyfan Homepage Promotion
    • Tommy Kwak
    • Local Machine
    • Ada Crow
    • Drifter Homage
    • Michael Salisbury
  • Multi-artist promotion in Featured Tab
  • Superniftyfan Hero Series
  • Twitter Profile Photo and Banner Feature
  • Superniftyfan Merchandise
  • Fan Art
  • Ranking Pages
    • Photography Collections
    • Art Series
    • Generative Art Collections

For the full list and detailed stories of all the examples of curation and promotion experience, please see the blog post of the unabridged SuperRare Space application for Superniftyfan. Below are highlights from each section.

Superniftyfan Homepage Promotion

Superniftyfan Hero Series

Superniftyfan Merchandise

9. Describe you/your team’s experience organizing exhibitions, making art sales, running auctions, networking with collectors, etc.

I think the core of this question is to show that you have the network and the skills to sell art, which at the end of the day is the fundamental service that SuperRare provides and SuperRare Spaces will provide. In the physical art world, exhibitions have been one of the main ways to show and sell an artist’s works, which I think is sort of like a fixed price collection in the NFT world. And auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are often the main venue for bigger pieces, which I think is like the 1/1 auctions on Superrare.

But let’s first start with the question about networking with collectors. As I mentioned in my bio, I am a collector. It’s the role I started out with in the NFT world and I am still a very active collector. So being a collector, you naturally start to make friends with other collectors. I often reached out to more established collectors to get their advice and later it was with peers to share artworks and what we’ve learned. But collectors and artists are not mutually exclusive, you may identify yourself as one or the other, but many participate as both. I’m more of a collector, but I have minted some NFTs, though most have been collaborations with other artists. So in that sense, my network of artists is also a network of collectors. And all of this came from just being part of the community. If you are inquisitive and friendly, it is not hard to meet great artists and collectors in the NFT world. I’ve been so surprised by how warm and welcoming the community has been. I could not be more thankful for all the friendships I’ve made. So the network is there, the key is how to use it properly and effectively.

When I first started getting into NFTs, I had no previous experience or career in the art world. So how do you learn to “sell art” when you start out with nothing? I wasn’t a whale and so I couldn’t “buy” my way into it. It was just me, my laptop, and a little bit of ETH. If you were selling art in the physical world, you would probably need to rent a space and set up a gallery of some sort, on top of cultivating relationships with artists and operational things like processing payments. In the NFT world, you don’t need any of that. The ERC721 smart contract has pretty much everything you need to start selling art and there are numerous NFT platforms to help you set that up. But that also means that artists don’t really need anybody else when they want to sell their art and that has been a large part of the magic and power of NFTs. It has totally cut out the middleman. So how do you learn to “sell art” in the NFT world?

I did it for free. I did it without even asking the artist about it beforehand. I’d just find an artist I truly loved and started tweeting about why I loved them. And that’s how I started. Initially I focused on collections and my goal was to do whatever I could to get that collection to sell out. It was sort of a test to see if I could make it happen and had the ability to “sell art”.

I did it with Michelle Viljoen’s “From The Other Side” collection by writing an in depth thread about her collection and it sold out just one day later.

I did it with Tom Quan’s “Shapes of Japan” collection by simply asking questions about his work and it sold out a few days later.

I do not in any way claim to be the sole reason that these collections sold out, but I do believe I was a catalyst. I began to have enough successes that artists started reaching out to me for advice and help. And so I offered to help some of those artists promote their collections. I did my first Superniftyfan logo feature and top featured section take over with Tommy Quak and his collection “NYC (for Louis Vuitton)”, plus did a custom t-shirt that I sold in the Superniftyfan store. The collection sold out the next day.

I worked with Tony Sellen and his “White Lines” collection and offered a free t-shirt with the “White Lines #1” on it if it sold out. It sold out 8 hours later.

And you’ll notice with all of these, I focused on a very specific segment of the market and in this case it was photography collections, which were just starting to pick up at the time. It allowed me to learn that market well enough to understand how to navigate it and put more successes under my belt than I would have if I were too broad in my scope.

But I also continued to pick artists out of the blue and tweet about how much I loved them with no notice to the artist, especially if they were in categories I had not really established myself in and if the category seemed to have latent potential.

One I did recently is Trippy Headz, which was 100 hand painted abstract portraits. I can’t remember how I came across them, but I bought a few and did a long thread on why I loved each one that I bought. I featured them on the top featured section of Superniftyfan and continued to tweet about them. I even predicted that the collection would sell out in 24 hours and then it actually did sell out in 24 hours.

I’ve also done numerous collaborations with artists, where usually I had a crazy idea for a project and then I’d get an artist to sign on to do it with me. My very first one was with George Williams and it was called “Portrait of a Collector”. You can read about the full details of the project in my blog post. There were 10 pieces and we launched each one, one by one, and they all got bids in less than 24 hours. The pinnacle of this series was when we sold the one I was planning on keeping for myself for 43 ETH.


https://foundation.app/@chikai/~/51816

My most recent project was a collaboration with Tania Rivilis and it is probably one of the best examples of how I would work with an artist to promote their art and manage it towards a successful sale. She originally came to me asking for feedback on an idea and as we started talking about it, the idea evolved into an even bigger idea that we were both very excited about. I offered to collaborate with her on the project, sort of like I did with George Williams, and she immediately agreed. The next thing I know, she was sending me photos of all the materials she had just bought for the project.

Tania is an incredible painter and it is just stunning how fast she works. She went from idea to finishing 36 separate portraits in just 3 weeks. And as the project progressed it went from a collaboration to more of a curator/artist relationship. She just took our idea by the horns and rode it to completion. I helped to develop the release and pricing strategy and I worked with her to promote the project. So in the end it was actually a nice practice run for how I might manage artists in my SuperRare Space. The project was called “We The Punks” composed of 36 portraits and it sold out in two hours.


https://opensea.io/collection/we-the-punks

So it’s not a traditional path of learning how to sell art, but I’ve definitely learned it by the seat of my pants in this fast moving world of NFTs.

10. Are there new artists you’d like to bring into the Space in the first six months? What is your relationship to them?

If I understand this correctly, the key part of this question is “new”, where “new” is referring to artists who have not yet minted an NFT and are not yet in the CryptoArt space.

I have two specific artists in mind. They are world class artists in their respective fields and they are close personal friends. I have talked to them and they have both agreed to participate in my space if I were to receive one.

Benny Gold


https://www.bennygold.com/

Benny Gold is a legendary street wear designer. He started with just a sticker with a paper airplane and the words “Stay Gold” and built it into a global brand. He has done collaborations with Nike, Jansport, designed the original HUF logo, and worked with brands like Supreme. Benny and I have been talking about NFTs for a while and how to do his first NFT, so this was a perfect opportunity and I’m very thankful that he agreed to participate.

Julie Chang


https://www.juliewchang.com/

Julie Chang is an extraordinary contemporary artist. She uses intricately woven patterns and images to create beautiful works of art that have so many layers of meaning and symbolism. One of the most public displays of her work is the Grand Hall terrazzo floor of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. It spans 20,000 square feet and it is truly stunning to see. I’ve always wanted to work with her on a project and so I asked her if she would be willing to participate in my space if I were to get one. She instantly said yes. I had to make sure she understood what I asked, but she is one of those incredible people who will jump in head first into something new, half knowing what it is, just because you are right there with her jumping in.

11. Are there any artists already in the CryptoArt space that you are planning to work with for this Space? Have they committed to participating yet?

I have this instinct to always give more than I take, so it is very humbling to ask people for a favor, especially in large numbers, which is what I had to do to pull together a respectable roster of crypto-artists to work with me for this Space. I asked those I had a long standing relationship with, across a wide range of artists both in terms of their style as well as their careers.

And I must say I was blown away by the response. I could not be more grateful to the following 14 artists who agreed to participate.

Reuben Wu, Rizacan Kumas, George Williams, Local Machine, Tania Rivilis, Selay Karasu, Daria Antypenko, Natalie Shau, Christophe Tritz, Richie John Mason, Marc Hemeon, Rik Oostenbroek, Alberto Seveso, Arnaud Montagard

To read the full list of stories about my relationship with each of these artists, please see the blog post of the unabridged SuperRare Space application for Superniftyfan.

Artist Highlights

Reuben Wu
I’ve been a huge fan of Reuben Wu’s work for a long time, so I could not believe it when he DM’d me for advice after reading one of my tweet threads about pricing. Ever since then we’ve stayed in touch and I have truly enjoyed our conversations. So Reuben was one of the first artists I reached out to and I could not be happier that he agreed to participate. We’ve already started chatting about what kinds of pieces to release in the Space and it will be quite exceptional as all Reuben Wu pieces are but will also be quite a surprise.

Rizacan Kumas
I first noticed Rizacan from the behind-the-scenes video he did for his 3-2-1 book. He has such a gentle way of photographing children in such tragic situations. To my surprise, he sent me a cold DM to introduce himself and we started chatting. But what really got me was when he purchased one of the “Portrait of a Collector” (POAC) pieces that George Williams and I collaborated on. With each auction, I airdropped a free POAC collectible to all the bidders and when I reached out to Rizacan to give him his gift, he immediately wanted to give it to somebody else. That act of generosity has been a constant presence in my conversations with him and everything he does. He has truly become a friend as much as I have grown to love and admire his photography. His “Panoramic Portraits” has been a phenomenal success and his genesis piece on Superrare was just stunning and of course he generously gave all the proceeds to the Malala Fund. I could not be more thankful for his participation.

George Williams
George and I were connected via a tweet from Marischa Becker and I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. I love his abstract 3D works and he has an incredible sense of form that somehow creates order from chaos. I had this idea for a portrait series and I reached out to him to collaborate and to my surprise, he said yes and what resulted was the “Portrait of a Collector” series, which was an incredible success. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had working with someone and so I had to invite him to my space. He graciously said yes and pleased to have his participation.

Tania Rivilis
Tania and I connected when she created a piece called “DNA of ART. Segment #17” based on what I said in one of my tweets. I had never had anybody create a piece inspired by something I said before and I was truly surprised and honored that she did this. I of course immediately bid on it and now own the piece. Ever since then we’ve stayed in touch and have become great friends. She is an extraordinary painter and I love how she is bridging old and new in such innovative and fearless ways. We just recently finished a collaboration together called “We the Punks” and so of course I had to invite her to participate. I’m so happy that she said yes.

Selay Karasu
I first noticed Selay when I saw her piece “Symbiosis #0cchi04”. It was one of the first generative art works that I truly fell in love with. We connected on Twitter, but then she reached out to me on DM and told me about how Google Earth was one of the main tools she used to create her work. I was truly blown away when she said this and so we started talking more about her work. But then I had one of my crazy ideas and I asked her if she would be open to doing a collaboration where I used my years of experience looking at satellite imagery while building Google Earth with her incredible skills as a generative artist. She immediately said yes and we’ve been working on this project together for the past few months. With this application, I thought that a Superrare Space would be the perfect place to list this piece. She agreed and so I’m so happy that she will be participating.

Daria Antypenko
I first connected with Daria when I bought her piece “Thrive” and she reached out to me afterwards to thank me for buying the piece. She shared with me her process in creating her art, giving me detailed explanations of her procedural steps in Houdini using custom scripts. She has made huge steps in her art since we first connected and now has a bidding war for each piece she releases. I’ve been so impressed with not only her work but how quickly she is developing as an artist. I am so happy she agreed to participate.

Natalie Shau
I had been watching Natalie’s work for a long time before I ever bought a piece of hers and even after I bought a piece, I was still trying to figure out her work. It had such strength, yet so delicate. And there was this blend of cuteness and darkness that created a dissonance that at first was disturbing to me. But when I heard her talk about the inspiration for her “Bad Girls Club” series, it all clicked. After I saw (and bought) the piece “White Swan” from the Bad Girls Club series, I truly started to connect with her work. I am so happy she agreed to participate.

12. Please provide any additional details you can about how you plan to operate this Space; e.g. cadence of exhibitions, auction strategy, number of artworks, other ideas for promoting your art and artists, etc.

The beauty of SuperRare Spaces is that it is such a perfect compliment to Superniftyfan.

Superniftyfan is meant to be very inclusive and only lightly curated. Anybody can create an account and add their artwork onto the site. It is not a platform for selling/buying NFTs, it is a platform that is designed to help you organize and collect the NFTs you want to buy, not the ones you already own. It is meant to bring as much visibility to as many artists as possible.

My vision for my SuperRare Space is for it to be very exclusive and highly curated, which is very much on brand with the core philosophy of SuperRare. And it is the place where you can buy/sell NFTs. As I mentioned in the manifesto section, I want to use my SuperRare Space as a place to recognize when an artist reaches that next level in their work, especially those that are undervalued and under appreciated both as an artist and also in their art form.

Superniftyfan will help me find and nurture those artists that have potential. It is the wide open space where artists can explore and experiment in a safe supportive space. SuperRare Spaces will be the way to reward them for all their hard work, passion, and vision. It will be a highly coveted place for the emerging artists in emerging art forms. The dream is that a couple years down the road, if you trace back any fringe art form that is finally blowing up, you will find many roots in the Superniftyfan community and seminal pieces in the Superniftyfan SuperRare Space.

If you look at the list of artists I’ve named above in the question about artists I plan to work with in the space, you can get a sense of the cadence and number of artworks that I want to release. It may seem high for just one person, but I’m already doing close to this number right now with my promotions and collaborations.

It is truly a labor of love and I hope that SuperRare Spaces will help make my work with NFT artists a sustainable endeavor, so I can keep on helping more and more artists.

13. How do you plan to structure commission rates for the artists who release in your Space?

My plan is to follow SuperRare’s lead and keep the default 10% commission rate that was mentioned with the updated fee structure in the SuperRare 2.0 announcement. I like it because the take home amount for the artist remains the same whether they list on the main SuperRare site or in the SupeRare Space. Also given that Superniftyfan (i.e. myself) runs incredibly lean, it will hopefully be enough to keep my efforts at least sustainable if not growing.

14. To you, what is the importance of NFTs as a medium/technology? Where do you see the NFT and CryptoArt space in five years?

NFTs have opened up a global market for the incredible work of artists who have long been ignored. It has put artists in the driver’s seat and allowed them to take control of their future. I also think that NFTs have in a weird way created this new kind of “social network” that forms strong bonds and intimacy between the artist and the collector, the likes we have never seen before. I would have never anticipated that a cryptocurrency could create such a wonderful and supportive community, yet it truly has.

In five years, I expect to see at least a couple downturns in the NFT market and with each downturn there will be a purge of those who were just in it for the money and the quality NFTs will remain. This will only increase the overall value of NFTs and therefore bring in more participants into the ecosystem after each downturn. I also think there will be a change in the values of the average consumer with a strong shift towards digital assets. I think the majority of people will care more about their digital identity than their physical identity, and NFTs will be the dominant way to express this new identity. To meet this demand, I think NFTs will evolve into a new form. Avatars and virtual spaces are what people seem to think will be the future. I predict it will not be any of these, but something totally different and unexpected. The metaverse will be a real place where people hang out and to Mark Zuckeberg’s chagrin it will not be owned by Facebook or any other company for that matter. It will be owned by everyone.

15. If your Space were a cocktail or a dish, what would it be and why?

Omakase

“The phrase omakase, literally ‘I leave it up to you’, is most commonly used when dining at Japanese restaurants where the customer leaves it up to the chef to select and serve seasonal specialties… Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in selecting dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omakase

This dish speaks to my Japanese heritage. Both of my parents are from Japan and they immigrated to the US before I was born. It is a common story I hear amongst artists, many are immigrants, or children of immigrants. One person I know grew up in Russia and is now living in Germany. Another had parents who were from Bangladesh, grew up in London, but now lives in Japan. Another grew up in France, but now lives in the US. It speaks to how international everybody is in the NFT community and it is often a mix of multiple countries. Omakase speaks to the highly curated nature of the SuperRare Space I want to develop, just like the sushi chef chooses the best fish of the season to present to the customer and sometimes it’s not even fish but something totally unexpected. It is also a dish that is one of the highest forms of Japanese cuisine, speaking to the focus on quality and the Japanese component, speaking to the focus on specific art forms that may currently be underappreciated and overlooked as omakase once was in the food world. I think this dish is an obvious choice for a highly curated SuperRare Space, but it has deep personal connections to myself, but also omakase is my absolute favorite food and is often what I have for my birthday dinner every year.

16. Anything else you’d like the community to consider?

The strongest voice I can offer for my consideration for a SuperRare Space are those from the community. I asked for recommendations from artists and colleagues who I have worked with and so many responded. So thankful to the 22 people who took the time to write some kind words in my support.

Reuben Wu , George Williams, Gabriella Morton, Local Machine, Marc Hemeon, Ada Crow, Beka Gwarliani, Dino Kužnik, Daria Antypenko, Christophe Tritz, Tommy Kwak, Tania_Rivilis, Rik Oostenbroek, Natalie Shau, Selay Karasu, Michael Yeung, Hakinar, Tom Quan, Billy Dinh, Brandon Lillibridge, Sutthiwat Dechakamphu (TheRafa_Arts) Tony Sellen

For the full text of all the recommendations, please see the blog post of the unabridged SuperRare Space application for Superniftyfan…

Recommendation Highlights

I was first introduced to Chikai in a tweet he posted showing an NFT he acquired of mine, displayed on an impressive array of screens. I was surprised and flattered. We didn’t actually converse until a little later when I DMed him asking his opinion on my pricing strategy after he had posted a thread. I knew from the beginning that he was a powerful ally, and a real advocate for artists. Since then, we have kept in touch, we discuss ideas, and we have talked about possible plans for the future. I strongly recommend him for Superrare Spaces and know it will be a valuable partnership!

Reuben Wu

Chikai is a personable and canny art fan/enthusiast and collector. His keen eye for beautiful art in the NFT space combined with a genuinely warming and inquisitive character are magnetic. He’s an invaluable member of the NFT community and understandably held in the highest regard by those who connect with him, and rightly so. I personally found him empathetic and refreshing to chat to, and am truly honoured to have crossed his path. I couldn’t think of a better choice of curator for a SuperRare space.

Our chance connection via Marishca Becker’s retweet led to the single most exciting, fun and inspiring collab I’ve had the pleasure to work on in my career as both a traditional and digital artist. It was a true highlight in not only my artistic career but life in general, and it’s all thanks to Chikai’s ideas and inspiration,. To see this explosive energy in a curatorial form through SuperRare spaces would be incredible!

I’m indebted to know Chikai and amazed by the enthusiasm and support he brings to the community.

George Williams

Name a more supportive and involved community collector than Chikai - I’ll wait. It’s admirable that he humbly started by simply sharing what he loved. It reminded me of my own conservation journey and how we are naturally drawn to protect the places we love so it’s nice to see this organic passion overflow into a curator’s world. His curiosity and inquisitiveness strengthen the bond with artists and transforms him from a collector to a true fan! I support Chikai’s application to host a SuperRare Space even more after seeing his proposed lineup including legendary Reuben Wu and Rizacan Kumas and am curious to discover who else he has under his wing.

Gabriella Morton

Chikai is a beacon in the NFT community, and I feel fortunate to have connected with him. His love of art, curation, and community focus permeate through all his actions. He has invested time into building products, collections, and relationships in the NFT community that truly stand out. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a SuperRare Space than Chikai.

Local Machine

Chikai proposed to me a collaboration and I gladly accepted as I found it a very interesting and even fun way to expose my art. The whole process went smoothly and despite my language limitations, Chikai made it easy for me to bring it all to a successful conclusion quickly. My two works were sold almost instantly and that gave me great satisfaction on an artistic and personal level. Chikai would be the right person to impeccably manage a platform in Superrare.

Ada Crow

Being very fresh to the NFT world can be a very overwhelming experience, especially as it’s nothing like the traditional art world I am used to. But I am fortunate enough to have met Chikai through my friend Reuben Wu. Chikai helped explain certain aspects of the space, laid out the best practices, answered all the questions we had, and even helped promote our genesis collaborative series - A Tribute of What is Always Present w/ Arnaud Montagard. He is one of the most helpful people in the space - especially for artists entering it, which makes him one of the most important in my eyes.

Dino Kužnik

I met Chikai at the very beginning of my career and he was my first multiple collector. He is very caring to artists and one of the most important person in our community. Chikai always amazed me with his thoughtful approach to everything including people he cares about. He’s always wants to help this industry and make something new for all of us, to make some unideal things working better, for example Superniftyfan where you can storage all your favorite NFT. So he’s not only support artists with purchasing art and kind words, that always cheering up, but he really do amazing global stuff for all of us and help our community grow. He’s loyal support already change lives of many artists and mine as well. I am proud to know him and be a part of his beautiful collection.

Daria Antypenko

When I started NFTs, I reached out to many collectors in the NFT Twitter community for advice. Chikai was one of the few who graciously replied and offered his time to check out my work and answer any questions I had. He is a collector with a sharp eye, is active in the community, and all around good guy who supports emerging artists.

Tommy Kwak

Chikai is an amazing collector and a person - kind, friendly, supportive! He inspires and gives wise advices, he guides new NFT artists and supports them. I’m very thankful to Chikai and I’m lucky and proud to have my NFTs in his collection. I actually started my real NFT path after reading Chikai’s tweet that inspired me to create something unusual for me (a traditional artist) and to start being a real NFT artist!

Tania_Rivilis

I love the way Chikai promotes artists and puts them in the spotlight in an honest and humble way. He really takes the time to promote, to talk to artists and he is putting much energy in his own platform too. Simply super community minded with a good spirit.

Rik Oostenbroek

I met Chikai on Twitter, after discovering his unique NFT photography collection.

Later I was lucky to have my pieces in his collection as well. But I want to recommend him not because he collected my works, but because of what roles he plays in the NFT community. I really love how meticulous his approach to collecting is and how he introduces photography and art collections to the public.

His input and guidance is really helpful not only to NFT artists, but I am sure to many collectors as well. The NFT world may seem chaotic and difficult to navigate both for seasoned and beginner collectors, but Chikai brings some structure and curation to it, which is really needed in my opinion. And it is quite unique what he is doing with Superniftyfan.

Natalie Shau

Having to meet Chikai over the NFT community has been one of the greatest surprise I’ve encountered with. Such a great inspiration and a pioneer for the whole world with a humble personality; always supporting those around and directing artists such as myself to pursue their ambitions and dreams without any expectations in return is something absolutely rare to come across with. During our creation process, I had the opportunity and the privilege to get to know him closer and pick his brain while seeing his approach and point of view. He is the kind of a leader who not only respects and encourages your process but smoothly and respectfully guides you through the course of creating.

Selay Karasu

Chikai has been a big supporter, investor, and leader in the NFT space with his brand Superniftyfan. He’s definitely helped me many times with his knowledge and guidance throughout my journey so far as a photography in the NFT space. I would highly recommend allow Chikai to have his own SuperRare Space to continue to promote, support, and share the work of other artists.

Billy Dinh

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The Superniftyfan application for a SuperRare Space was originally split into two posts because of a size limit, but it has now been edited down into an abridged version for easier reading by the voters and it now fits into one post. You can read the full unabridged version on our blog post

I’ve left this post here in order to preserve some of the replies that had been made to this post when it was originally published.

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You, Chikai truly are Mr. Incredible. I have the utmost respect for you. Imo no one deserves to operate a space more than you. <3

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Wow, truly appreciate your support both here and on Twitter.:pray::heart:

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Best of luck, dear Chikai!

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Thank you for your support, Yon!:pray::heart:

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