All proceeds will go to support the ongoing crypto art residency program for emerging artists.
On Wednesday, September 15th at 8pm UTC, VerticalCrypto Art (VCA), an innovative artist-first community and media hub founded in July 2020, will run a cross-chain NFT fundraising auction in Arium Spaces to support the first native crypto art residency program for emerging artists.
In order to continue the development of the current and future residency programs and to support more emerging creators, thirteen of the most well-known artists in the space have donated unique 1/1 artworks to be auctioned off on Wednesday, September 15th. The artists are: Mario Klingemann, Brendan Dawes, Helena Sarin, Kevin Abosch, Luluxxx, Gisel Florez, Luxpris, Lia Something, Mattia Cuttini, RareScrilla, ertdfgcvb, an artist known as “Caesuras”, and an artist who will remain anonymous.
The auction will be cross-chain, including works on both the Ethereum and Tezos blockchains, depending on each artist’s preference. The event will take place in Arium Spaces with a live DJ set performed by Eclectic Method and will be streamed on VCA’s Twitter and Discord.
A custom metaverse-build has been created specifically for this auction by two of the residency’s artists: Cagri Taskin and Walt Reunamo. These talented artists applied skills acquired during the residency to bring this immersive metaverse experience to life.
The first iteration of the residency includes seventeen artists from seventeen different countries: Kazakhstan, Iran, France, Turkey, Singapore, to name but a few. The resident artists all have unique experiences and backgrounds as architects, painters, coders, photographers, digital artists, crypto-writers. During the residency, they learned about various aspects of the cryptoart space, such as blockchain art history, metaverse architecture, VR and AR techniques and security for crypto-assets.
The curriculum of classes was taught by various thought leaders and experts in the space, such as Jason Bailey aka Artnome, DADA.art founders Judy and Beatriz, Colborn Bell from Museum of Crypto Art (MOC△), Bernadine Brocker from Vastari, the Processing Org, Fanny Lakoubay, and many more.
Speaking on the residency program, Micol, founder of VCA, offered this impassioned comment: “It is an immense honour to be able to bring together such a diverse group of creative individuals and equip them with knowledge on the crypto art ecosystem. I am extremely excited to keep building the program and fostering the advancement of the ecosystem.”
Cagri Taskin, one of the resident artists from Turkey, describes the experience: “The residency program provided me with a unique opportunity to share the same ambiance with amazing NFT artists and mentors, engage in trans-disciplinary exchanges, and build up a new network through VCA’s and Micol’s connections and community in the ecosystem.”
Similarly, Jason Bailey highlights the value of VCA and their program: “Despite the attention given to large sales and new tech, it has always been community leaders like Micol who keep the cryptoart and NFT communities together and help to drive them forward. Programs like the free Digital Art Residency offered by Vertical Crypto Art are critical to making sure that we are building a more diverse and decentralized art world in which everyone can participate. We are incredibly lucky to have Micol as a leader in our community.”
As the NFT and Crypto Art ecosystem grows, it is fundamental for artists to be able to take advantage of resources and educational programs, like this residency, so they can be equipped with metaverse-native skills and tools to empower their journey through the NFT ecosystem.
VerticalCrypto Art is deeply committed and devoted to further developing these programs, educating newcomers and emerging artists and creators, so as to help this ecosystem expand in a diverse and inclusive way.
“With Vertical’s Residency, the spirit of crypto art is alive and well! Micol is a tireless warrior for artists and their stories, sharing invaluable insights and expertise in an otherwise confounding and obtuse market. There is quite literally nothing more important than this work” — Colborn Bell, Founder of Museum of Crypto Art (MOC△).
Join us on Wednesday, September 15th at 8PM UTC in Arium Spaces for our auction kick-off event, a live DJ set with Eclectic Method and a reveal and curatorial tour of the thirteen auctioned artworks.
Arium Spaces Event: https://arium.xyz/events/vca-auction-residency
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