Greg Oakford, co-founder of NFT Fest Australia, is your guide to the world of NFTs from the perspective of collectors and fans.

Andy Murray x Wimbledon x Refik Anadol

special public edition NFT cooperation Between Wimbledon star Andy Murray and a well-known digital artist, Refik Anadol. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of tennis star Andy Murray’s Wimbledon title.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray wears sensors. (Twitter)

exposition’ describes himself as “the world’s first exploration of the marriage of fine art, high-performance sports, and data science.” in teaser video It reveals how the work of art visually represents Murray’s scoring in the final Lawn Tennis Grand Slam of his illustrious career, including physical action.

To date, 248 versions have been minted for $147, and the minting window closes on July 16. Buyers can mint with cryptocurrency or via credit card on Manifold. Token holders will also have the opportunity to purchase a physical print of the artwork at a later date.

exposition’ describes himself as “the world’s first exploration of the marriage of fine art, high-performance sports, and data science.” in teaser video It reveals how the work of art visually represents Murray’s scoring in the final Lawn Tennis Grand Slam of his illustrious career, including physical action.

To date, 248 versions have been minted for $147, and the minting window closes on July 16. Buyers can mint with cryptocurrency or via credit card on Manifold. Token holders will also have the opportunity to purchase a physical print of the artwork at a later date.

exposition
Fair art. (manifold)

I believe what we’re seeing here are early signs of a trend toward sports memorabilia and casual fans. The collaborative nature of digital art/collectibles and the ability to layer utility is a huge value proposition for sports administrators and athletes that cannot be ignored.

The future will start with digitization. Scalability and accessibility are huge drivers for sports that attract a global audience.As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week in NBA vs.:

“Because our building is basically full, we can’t expand our arena, and our 99.9 or so fans can only experience the NBA through our media. Through technology, how can we go beyond this-like NBA Top Shot Products like this are the way to do that.”

U.S. Women’s Open ArtBall

Golf followed in the footsteps of the NFT project for the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam last week AO art ballintroducing a concept similar to US Women’s Open. Using the same name, “ArtBall,” the USGA teamed up with some of the same architects on the project to tie a surface area of ​​the playing field to the NFT.

More than 3,000 people minted a free NFT related to a parcel on the 17th green at Pebble Beach on the main course. In the tennis version, your NFT would upgrade when the match point landed in your area, but the US Women’s Open has chosen to provide upgradeable features in a variety of ways, including “landing spots”, closest holes, and longest hole.more here About how the mechanism works.

The ArtBall concept is a powerful one, as we see the integration of existing highly sophisticated sports data tracking technology and new ways of engaging with fans by blurring the lines between physical and digital experiences.

tribute to the artist Amy Goodchild He is a leader in the generative art of golf. They look very clean and crisp. This is another example of sports and art coming together through NFTs.

US Women's Golf
Example of the official ArtBall for the 2023 US Women’s Open. (usga.artball.io)

UFC combines collectibles with mobile-first gaming

UFC announces new multi-year partnership with Concept Labs to help build on what has already been launched UFC strike Flow-based collectibles product.

Cornerstones of the new agreement include UFC Strike: Fight Camp, a mobile priority list management game compatible with UFC Strike digital collectibles, and holders will also enter a tournament sweepstakes where you can compete with UFC President Dana M. Meet Dana White for a fantasy fighting match, plus other exclusive digital and real-life fan experiences.

What is the hot spot in the NFT art market

Some of the big auctions for Fidenzas were 75 ETH and 71 ETH, Ringers #514 sold for 88 ETH, and Bold Chromie Squiggle sold for 28.5 ETH.

Also read: Fidenza: Tyler Hobbs wrote software that could generate multimillion-dollar artwork

But this past week did belong to Terraforms by Mathcastles The land art project on the chain launched in December 2021 has sold more than 145 items. This compares to 50 sales in the previous week. Over the past 7 days, the reserve price has increased from 1.2 ETH to 2.17 ETH.

NFT creator: tjo

We met a talented mixed media artist, life From Quebec, Canada.

who is joe

NFT originally introduced by a friend Wally Sajimi By the end of 2020 or so, tjo’s truly unique art was an outlet for his diagnosed OCD and an effort to shine a light on mental health. He minted his first token on February 23, 2021, saying he knew little about NFTs at the time but found it “fascinating.”

brucho
tjo’s BLeU was sold for 69.42 ETH, equivalent to $113,100 on the date of sale. (super rare)

“My own emotions and experiences of purely OCD have greatly influenced my art. I don’t want people to feel a certain emotion while engaging with it, but rather that it forces them to look deep within themselves and find out The feeling is always there.”

“I also hope that those who have experienced mental disorders will gain a better understanding of their differences by sharing these experiences.”

tjo’s style and influences

With a background in physical painting and photography, tjo, like many other artists who create work on the blockchain, doesn’t like to be seen as a certain type of artist.

“I don’t really appreciate the style of how we discuss markets like NFTs. It’s weaponized as a speculative tool that doesn’t take historical context into account. If I were forced to put my art into one category, I’d be in mixed media. It’s simple; I mix mediums and methods, both digital and physical,” says tjo.

Greek mythology and anime are the two biggest influences on his work.

“I am more and more influenced by Greek mythology. These stories make me excited and curious. I also like anime such as Cowboy Bebop, ghost in the shell and Evangelion“.

“Finding myself and a visual language that I think works for me; many artists have been a big influence on me, such as French Bacon (Irish-born British Figurative Painter), Jean-Michel Basquiat (part of the Neo-Expressionist movement of American artists), Tim Walker (British Fashion Photographer), Frank Oakenfels (American Photographer and Celebrity Artist) Kazimir Malevich (Russian avant-garde artist) etc. “

quick question and answer

What’s your favorite NFT in your wallet, but not your own?

i hate you -tjo
i hat u by tjo – sold for 40.69 ETH, equivalent to $78,400 on the date of sale. (super rare)

“mine Mathcastle Terrain. This is simply a perfect encrypted work of art. “

Do you think people should pay attention to an up-and-coming artist?

“People should study thousands of artists, but if I had to point people to a starting point, kura collective and in progress All a great group of artists. “

Who is one of your famous collectors that makes you smile knowing they own one of your pieces?

An OG collected one of my early works path. I think it caught a lot of eyes and I’m grateful that he still owns the piece he bought. “

Do you have a favorite piece of your own work?

“I would say further afield, my refuge and my latest piece of interactive art”Prozac Youth“.

Vegas Sphere sparks the imagination of digital art lovers

Las Vegas captivated the sports world last week with the debut of 7-foot-5 Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 pick in the NBA, and T-Mobile Stadium, which hosts UFC 290 during International Boxing Week.But for digital art lovers, the only game in town is images from Vegas MSG balls.

The new $2.3 billion stadium has 17,500 seats and is home to the best interactive billboards you’ll ever see.

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As digital art continues to push boundaries in a rapidly accelerating creative environment and originates via NFTs, there remains a big unanswered question: how best to display digital art to truly do it justice.

We’ve seen the rollout of premium screens such as danwas and digital galleries around the world, such as JRNY just opened in vegas betting gallery In Melbourne, Australia, but it feels like we’re still only scratching the surface. Well, what could be larger than a sphere with a surface area of ​​580,000 square feet?

Of course, sooner or later we’ll see iconic digital art from CryptoPunks, Fidenzas, Ringers, Chromie Squiggles, XCOPY, etc. shine on the Sphere, or maybe “The Ball” by Jack Fried. Can only imagine what it must be like to have a giant ball rolling down a hill towards you on the Vegas Strip when you hop into an Uber after a few drinks.

What artists listen to when they create their work: tjo edition.

I’ve heard a lot recently purple leather and Yves tumor.

Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford is the co-founder of NFT Fest Australia. Greg has been a marketing and communications specialist in the sports industry and now focuses on staging events, content creation and consulting in web3. He is an avid NFT collector and hosts a weekly podcast covering all things NFT.

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