Since the first cave paintings humans have used tools to paint/describe the world around them and express themselves. 1 Starting our from anything like our extremities, sticks or cut/chewed grass for brushes to apply pigments on the intended surface to using resins, glue, knives/scissors/saws tu further remix the product many tools, objects and techniques have been put to use to this ever growing list of art-tools.
Computers and algorithms have also been added to this list. Especially since the advent of the personal computer or nowadays with the quasi-omnipresence of mobile phones.
The mechanisms of computer art is now starting another new chapter of machine assisted design in the form of:
For further reading I strongly recommend having a look at the following blogpost in which two of my favourite actors in this space Espen Kluge and Jason Bailey discuss the process of coding assisted art synergy between human and machines in the creative process.
If you don’t where to start across the ever-growing amount of “blocks” and “chains”. You might want to consider these few points before getting started:
Crypto currencies have enjoyed a lot of attention in the past years. The concept behind decentralizing finance follwos other overarching megatrends towards decentralizing commodities and services such as electricity or mobility as well as the creation creating new organization from the bottom up. At the time of writing this post, the whole sector is arguably in a hype bubble (again). As a result the markets for crypto currencies and by extension for NFTs have been extremely volatile and will probably remain so in the future. Furthermore, the surge in popularity has lead to the creation of many further alternative crypto currencies, “altcoins”. Wheras some blockchains aim to solve specific issues or apply functionalities to the blockchain technology many of these new blockchains and coins add little additional functions and value and can currently only be considered as speculative as much of the value remains still driven by hype and attention economy cycles. In order to evaluate the crypte landscape it is prudent to keep in mind the following points:
Non fungible tokens NFTs have equally boomed in recent years and. Nevertheless the premise of NFTs are specific transaction functions built into the blockchain (not all are able to process these): a smart contract. Depending of the nature the these blockchain contracts can consume substantial amounts of energy energy to create an renforce on th blockchain, depending on the underlying consensus mechanism. As of 2021 it is estimated that the amount of energy consumed by blockchains is even equivalent to the energy consumption of a whole country. Due variety of differnent blockchains is is important highlighting that the NFT authorship is stored on a specific blockchain and thus the NFT signature/ownership is tied to specific chain used. The proof of ownership lives and dies with the respective blockchain used
To get started with NFTs – you can follow theses steps:
1. Chose a blockchain which allows for NFTs storage (ETHER, TEZOS, HIVE)
3. install a wallet as an browser extension for storing and paying for the chosen coin and NFT (e.g. Metamask for ETHER)
4. sign-up and sign-in on NFT marketplace website to trade and bid NFTs (e.g. OpenSea)
If you have made it this far congrats for following through 🙂 as a smal rewards you can go check this link @hicetnunc platform and pick up your first #NFT for (nearly) free by yours truly. If you have further comments or questions, just drop me a message. Cheers Boris
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NFTs Stands for „non fungible Tokens“ which at its their core are pieces of code/identifiers on a„blockchain“ to assign the authorship/ownership of an asset/digital address such as an jpeg/picture or by extension even a physical asset. In practice this means that the asset original creator as well as all subsequent owners are registered on a public albeit secure (through cryptography tech) common ledger i.e. the blockchain.
Blockchain, a trend topic of recent years – is a common ledger i.e. shared list/”book” which keeps track of each of the assets registered on the list: similar to real estate register.
the lists the present and past tokens or coins ownership as well as each transfer which is happening on the ledger. the reason this approach is also refered to as “defi” decentralized finance, is that the content of the blockchain/ ledger is spread out across the user base, which makes the ledger very difficult to manipulate as backups/consensus are kept across the whole user network. The listed address/blocks acts as a container of the tokens or coins which are units/traded across the chain the Most famous (there are now hundreds of blockchain with Coins and smart contracts such as BITCOIN, ETHER, TEZOS POLKADOT
Crypto currencies each have their own ledger, protocol and platform which makes each and everyone completely independent from each other. In turn, in order to possess and multiple coins you usually need separate wallets/adresses on for each category of coins. Cryptocurrencies are usually governed by a specific set of rules programmed in their creation,- such as limited supply rules of governance and distribition and transfer across its network. The basis for the redistribution or rewards, can be different from blockchainn to blockchain : these mechanisms are called “consensus mechanisms”. the main types are:
Crypto Wallets are small Apps which help the user access/manage (e.g. send, receive, destroy a.k.a. “burn”) their tokens coins associated with their adresse. And while the address and its content records remain open to the public – however the wallets owner (can) remain anonymous. In the blockchain jargon users differentiate beween “hot”/”cold” wallets which refers to the wallet state/security online: whether it is active only when installed/connected physically to the net via a “USB key” for example or whether the wallet is “hot” : always online /active on the blockchain.
Smart Contracts are additional functionalities “coded contracts” which are implemented on some specific blockchain protocols. Smart Contracts are constituted of IF and THEN statements. This allows for interesting new features such as transferring transaction under specific circumstances (e.g. swap conditions). Some real world applications can already be seen in the world of NFT trading – where a the smart contracts allows for royalties automatically being transferred to the original content creator whenever the NFT is reused or resold to a new owner,
En temps de crise sanitaire avec un grand “C” les rythme plus calme des journées permettent de parfois de retourner dans le passé. Les repetitions, les rituels me font souvent repenser aux bancs d’école. Conditions ideales donc pour ressortir les outils d’analyse de texte pour l’analyse de poème 🙂 d’un ami. Le poème est le seizième du recueil “La reddition d’une etoile”
Dans les artères souterraines
Dans les artères souterraines
Des mégalopoles infatués aux néons
Voués aux nuits sans sommeil et songes sans réveil
Il titube en face der moi dans metro lance
Aux confins des lueurs bleues
Arrachées à la pénombre
Le regard transparent
Soupirail vers le précipice
De sa vie éparpillée
aux poussières du néant
Il erre sur sa trajectoire
La place du hasard
Saigne sous ses paupières
Et moi je pianote sur mon iPhone
perdu dans mon eldorado de pixel
Et je suis connecté à l’univers
Et j’ignore cet inconnu en guenille
Au coeur utile
Par le ressac des années
Aux souvenirs mourants
Le tribunal des vivant
L’a depuis longtemps condamné
Il n’est plus qu’un fantôme
Égaré sous les quolibets
Les arenes de pitié
Et moi je sur mon téléphone dans mon paradis numérique
Il n’y a pas d e place dans mon réseau
Pour un coeur qui abdique
Le métro nous emmène
Vers l’eden souterrain
Vers une nuit sans sommeil
Un songe sans réveil
Poème – P.E. Hun – La reddition d’une étoile – autopublié (2021)
Le poème décrit une scene dans un metro décrit une figure en pleine vue que le protagoniste ignore occupée par son portable – une approche qui peut
s’étendre a la société en general.
Although I am mostly self taught – with a few stints at diverse evening courses and Summer schools – I can strongly relate to the topics detailed in this insightful book. In a practícal A6 Pocketbook Format, the authors R.Davis & A. Tilley give first Hand advice on how to start out one´s own artistic journey to writing First Applications to surviving and thriving as a working artist.
It is a Book Full of small actionnable advice on different aspects, to wich I enjoy returning to from time to time
Anbei eine Beschreibung meiner ersten Kunstaustellung in München
On the weekend 9-11th October, I partook in the “Kunst in Sendling” Event with an Art exhibition of my own. The KiS Event is hosted annually by the Kunst In Sendling e.V. Artist Group.
My show was hosted in the “Literaturkeller” of Stemmerhof, a great and atmospheric Event location centered around a historic farmhouse, from 18oos in the middle of Munich – 10 minutes walking from Theresienwiese.
As my first solo show, the exhibition was a great experience – resulting in many new contacts with art fans and professionals in the art scence. Below I put some first impressions.
This first show centers around digital art and the frontier of the physical, real depiction in photographs and the realm of the emotional and imaginary. Check out the impressions below. Let me know what you think. Am always happy for feedback
As any web developer will tell you, in order to improve your website visibility/ranking and performance, next to obviously providing relevant and good content it is key to improve the user experience (UX) on the web presence. There is a huge amount of approaches and resources online, so I started compiling a list for personal usage, which strategies worked our best for me. The following might help you get started as well. Broadly, I now follow the process below:
You can start thinking about and working on the following aspects:
To collect feedback on the your website traffic & behaviour between the menus and pages you can use the behaviour flow tool from Google analytics:
To improve the overall experience of a website as well as to improve the search engine ranking, a key ingredient is the loading speed. In nowadays mobile phone era this has become even more important. For enhancing the website performance and functionalities, it’s useful to look at these items and Tipps such to improve website speed:
To measure your website speed and change results you can use the following tools
Check out some sample screen-shot below of some of my intermediary results. As you can see, I still have work to do ^^
Akin to the scientific community, a publication gains in legitimacy through the number and the quality of references, quotes i.e. “links” it gets. Humans and by extension search engines will judge the importance of a website in the same manner.
To collect and to measure the number of backlinks referring back to your website domain, you can see the number and quality on backlink checkers such ahrefs.com
From my experience this is an area where there are no tricks or quick & easy solutions that will help in a sustainable fashion (for example by using dubious content networks to post your domain across all etc.) since search Engines are constantly being further developed to identify these strategies.
So, in order to promote the website, you can look at the different tactics to place your “signature/domains” links – which all essentially boil down to various techniques of networking:
Last but not least remember to have fun along the way, the internet is a layer cake of different technologies and the outcome of you experiments can sometimes be unpredictable 😊
For further useful tools and link head over to my resources page. I am happy to hear your feedback if this compilation helped you! Cheers, Boris
ADDENDUM BACKLINK SEO LIST: for photographers and visual artists some good places to start setting up profiles & backlinks to your site are:
Book Review: following up on a summer course I attended on Mixed Media some time ago at Central Saint Martins College – UAL London, I recently picked up a copy of the book: CSM Foundations – Key Lessons in Art and Design to freshen up the lessons and to get further insights in modern art education.
The foundation course is a famous entry-level course to build up one’s own portfolio. It provides a 360 introduction to the art world, and is structured into different sections that give introduction and insights in the different elements of artistic creation. The curriculum is builds upon international ideas and curriculum such as the preparatory art courses at the BAUHAUS school of art in Weimar, Germany.
The book reflects the course and is structured into different chapters starting with ideation/research and then moves on to exercises in: drawing, reflection, crafting. The next part of the book then details further the artistic exploration and critical, topical positioning process, necessary for an artist to explore and diagnose one’s creative potential.
Thus, the book gives good jumping off points for exploring new ideas and deep diving into specific areas of interest. This makes it a nice book to browse certain chapters and concentrate on exercises and parts that are relevant to yourself.
Very useful sections include practical thoughts experiments and short exercises to jog the mind and asking yourself: on the differences between art & design, meaning & metaphor, or to challenge oneself in generating 30 ideas in 30 minutes, writing a proposal, contextualizing image and narrative, and many more.
My verdict: a practitioner’s book to start out in the at world and explore your own position & voice within it.
Available: In English under the following link