The NFT Revolution arrives in Venice with a decentralized art pavilion

Raphael Lacoste

Decentralized Art Pavilion led to Venice It has in itself the possibility that this new decentralized development of the art world could work, and (maybe) well

The name is not misleading: it is located in a great location Justinian Lulin Palaceexhibition”exclusivity‘, curated by Florencia SM Broc, Javier Krasuk, Diego Legtemir and Simon Forian, and offers a range of More than 200 NFT artworks, Created by more than 80 international artists, with the goal of “decoding NFTs and the future of art”. It also presents a special collection curated by Robert Ellis that looks at the origins of the NFT movement, tracing its initial history and presenting the first artworks that contributed to the emergence of this “disorderly” practice.

Now, before our visit, we have allowed ourselves to be skeptical: the entire world of NFT must be approached with care, for it brings with it a series of divisions, differing visions, speculation, doubts, promises of a democratic future, failures and new utopias. Worlds not often easy to work out for those who do not navigate in web 3. So, like all things new, more than surfing, we like to watch it from afar.

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First of all, we wondered if the promise of decentralization could bring added value to the gun. Everything depends on the organizational line, which in our opinion should be well organized and accessible to non-experts. to me Decentralized Art Pavilionall the boxes are ticked, and it was interesting to approach the visit constantly with the mixed interpretation given by the curator in Venice Biennalewho asks by itself Imagine the possible future.

“Singularity” – in the words of the curators – “is a deep immersion in decentralized art, with the aim of educating and engaging enthusiasts, collectors and the general public.” In the spaces of the magnificent Palazzo Venetian, the exhibition is not only an opportunity to showcase the latest apparent aberration of the art world, but also to start a conversation capable of shedding light on this new movement that seems mysterious to many. It thus helps the “normal person” to approach this new language.

The exhibition mainly focuses on the desire to break out of the ‘tech community niche’, and bring NFTs to one of the key stages in the art world to propose, and promote – but also sell – the promise of the future of crypto and decentralization. Behind what some might call reflective discourse (especially the layman), there is the construction of our persuasiveness.

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What is intrinsic to the promise of NFTs, also inhaled in the exhibition here in Venice, is a sense of community and belonging: born in a decentralized manner (ie without structures or hierarchies of power) and grown within the walls of web3, the NFT art community carries within it a subversive mechanism in relation to the dynamics of the materialistic art world (how often do we speak of society if not in the politically correct sense and exploitation?).

The paradigm shift it could allow requires not only that artists work in harmony and share a strong sense of community (common for Internet users who actively contribute to Web3), but also requires a more democratic approach to everything that is put together.

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All of these factors are present in Decentralized Art Pavilion: The curator guides us through the exhibition by making it clear that it has been curated by the artists themselves (without hierarchy, so to speak) and that new works by interested artists arrive all the time, adding to the constant flow of displays set up in the impressive Baroque rooms of the building. Moreover, anyone can purchase artworks instantly, by scanning a QR code linked directly to artists’ wallets: all the complex mechanisms for purchasing artworks are simplified with an on-line transaction blockchain. In the future, perhaps, we can go to exhibitions and buy art in this way, no matter what connections and relationships we have with the system. Is this the new meaning of market access rooted in the idea of ​​decentralization? We don’t know, but it’s an interesting speculation nonetheless.

Finally, the desire to enhance communication with the public and invite skeptics, ordinary people and all the curious to enter this “new world” is implemented through a program of 8 weekend talks focused on NFT, which will touch on topics such as Art Generative, Photography and NFT, Women and NFT, NFT, Music and more. All, of course, is also accessible via the metaverse. As we now know, NFT and the metaverse go hand in hand, they are a “package deal” in English might say: the need for a paradigm shift operating through new spaces, languages, tools and technologies (as has always happened historically).

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The places are all there: the place, the organizational line, the business, the conversations, the desire to open up and start conversations – and obviously – more than 200 works to explore, among which are names like Pebble or Kryptoponicsknown even to the most profane.

Whether or not the promise of Venice’s decentralization will be evaluated in later times, in the meantime we highly recommend visiting the pavilion and taking a look at the aesthetic and speculative of what the future of art looks like.


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