VerticalCrypto Art at Art Basel 2022

A look at what we’re up to, during the art world’s prestigious fair

After a busy few months (including our IRL exhibition ‘Art & NFTs: The Digital Roots NYC’) we are taking a moment to absorb this year’s Art Basel, in all its frantic glory!

From Albert Oehlen and Wu Tsang’s VR artworks on the site, to a new series of NFTs by José Davila’s, who is exhibiting in nearby Zurich, there’s a host of offerings for digital art fans. 

So, here’s how our week is panning out:

Thursday 16 June, ‘NFT Art Trends-Generative art’,

live from Art Basel [10am]

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Chance Encounters in New Mediums: Generative Art’ jointly presented by Tezos x Art Basel, we are looking forward to hearing Lorenzo Cortesi (Cortesi Gallery) speaking with Eko33 (Generative artist), Iskra Velitchkova (Artist) and Paul Schmidt (Artist) and fxhash.

The event is one in a broader speaker series which, in conjunction with the show, explores the reinvigoration of generative art practices within contemporary developments. 

Thursday 16 June, ‘Basel Collector Meetup’

Soho|Steinenvorstadt 54, 4051 Basel, Switzerland [5-7pm]

Art Blocks is hosting an event with Snowfro and Jeff Davis, with the promise of ‘drinks and small plates’- not a bad end to the first day at the fair

Friday 17 June-Liste Art Fair Basel

[13-19 June] 

Scarily in its 27th edition already, this exciting satellite fair is really putting its best digital foot forward.

We’re heading down with an eye out for Xu Zhan Zhang’s stop motion animation videos, ‘Project Fulfill’ and Kyung Kun Park’s digitally edited ‘When Tigers used to Smoke’, but will report back on any other exciting works we discover!

Saturday 18 June, Curating Art for Web3

live from Art Basel [11.15am]

We are kicking off a packed day of exciting talks, by hosting a conversation into the future of curation on Web3, with speakers including Sabine Himmelsbach (Director HEK,Basel), Linda Dounia (Cyber Baat), Robert Kruschbersky (strategist & advisor), as part of the Tezos x Basel programme.

© LaTurbo Avedon

Saturday 18 June-‘Conversations|Exhibiting in the Metaverse’

live from Art Basel [3pm]

Our very own Micol Ap (Founder & CEO of VCA) will be exploring the expanding opportunities and tools (gaming, XR and crypto) for artists, galleries and organisations working within the metaverse-in conversation with Nina Roehrs (co-founder of Roehrs & Boetsch), author and curator, Anika Meiere (who writes for Kunstforum and curated ‘The Artist is Online in Konig Galerie’, 2021) and LaTurbo Avedon (artist and avatar).

Saturday 18 JuneThe NFT is present: Marina Abramović in conversation with Josef O’Connor

live from Art Basel [5pm]

On the eve of her first NFT launch on Tezos later this week, the international artist is speaking with the Founder and Artistic Director of we can’t wait to hear her thoughts on her recent project and the future of web3 in general.

Sunday 19 June- ARTour-AR-app curatorial tour with Sabine Himmelsbach

Organised by HEK [Haus der Elektronischen Künste) [4pm]

We’re looking forward to exploring the 10-art works selected by HEK’s director, through an interactive Augmented Reality APP and a private guided tour.

And for those of you who are unable to get to Switzerland this year, fear not! There is an amazing spread of online viewing platforms available, including- 

Art Basel’s viewing rooms here

VOLTA’s online showroom here

Liste’s Show time online here

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