Rare Art: “Dream Machine 1 (Coke)” by Jojo Anavim

Rare Art: “Dream Machine 1 (Coke)” by Jojo Anavim

Dream Machine 1 (Coke) by Jojo Anavim on SuperRare

Rare Art: “Dream Machine 1 (Coke)” by Jojo Anavim

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Capitalism has all but banished us to a hellscape that only billionaires can escape via personal space rocket, which is why Jojo Anavim’s “Dream Machine 1 (Coke)” couldn’t have come at a better time. The Coke dispenser floating through earth’s orbit is playful, comical, and just the right amount of serious. The earth, as seen through space, exhibits constellation-like structures illuminated with a warm, orange glow. Lights of civilization or raging forest fires? Could be both. “I wanted to create an NFT that was an organic evolution of my paintings,” Jojo told SuperRare. “I’m classically trained as a video FX / graphic artist and it’s exciting to come back to my roots. Between my fascination with outer space, which is also a recurring theme in my artwork, and the first work of art I ever saw–Warhol’s Coke Bottle paintings–the resulting work is not only nostalgic but also deeply personal.” 

Staring at the revolving soda machine, one can’t help but feel a sense of calm and whimsy that reminds them how yummy that caramel-colored, fizzy drink is, especially over ice. “I love the brand identity (and the taste),” Jojo said. “Hate the calories,” he added.

Dream Machine 1 (Coke) by Jojo Anavim on SuperRare

The artwork is both silly and surreal, ready for enjoyment. “My dream has always been to create sculptures that are larger than life,” Jojo said. “The context of a comically massive vending machine orbiting the earth allowed me to realize a visual which would otherwise be impossible to create in the physical world.”  The machine spins, the lights go out, and the dark side of the machine shows its woeful belly to the observer before the animation snaps back to the beginning. 

So sit back, relax, and enjoy Anavim’s never-ending cycle of that crisp, cold flavor of escapism that is just a few bucks away.

About the Artist

NYC artist Jojo Anavim’s works are part of permanent collections in museums and hotels around the globe, including Coca-Cola Archives Museum, Atlanta, GA; New York Yankees Collection, and Dream Hotels, NY. In 2020 he was selected by Christie’s Auction House to create a unique artwork for the 2020 US Presidential election. Anavim is recognized for his notable collectors including Seth McFarlane and Selena Gomez, and has been covered by global press including The New York Times, and Forbes.

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🅻🅾🆂🆃 🅸🅽 🅰 🅳🅰🆈🅳🆁🅴🅰🅼 Ann is a traditional & digital artist based in Mexico City. Her work is characterized by surreal, colorful compositions that explore themes of identity, womanhood and human nature. After studying Visual Arts in Berlin and Melbourne, she moved to Mexico, where she completed her training as a tattooist and found her second home. Ann has been working as a Freelance Artist ever since, developing creative projects in Berlin, Melbourne, Bali, Oaxaca and Mexico City.

“The Nightsong”

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I used to have night terrors in my 20s, startled from sleep by the idea of death. 
When we are awake, our brain shields us from our mortal truth by refusing to link our self with it. 
Death is something that happens to others, not to us. 
Waking up too quickly for this primal mechanism to kick in left me to staring right at my own mortality. Things have gotten easier since then. The night terrors eventually wore off, but death keeps teasing me. 
It’s the bad joke at a party you’re trying to laugh off, but it follows you home and pesters you. The bittersweet ending to that long awaited holiday, the bad cherry on top of your cake. 
I keep asking myself. What to do when there’s no stopping a train you’re already on? And I keep telling myself. 
Hold on tightly, let go lightly. Hold on tightly, let go lightly. Hold on tightly, let go lightly.

Min Shi is a Los Angeles based artist with professional experience in films, tv, music videos, game industry. Her clients include Marvel Studios, HBO, Netflix, Disney, Riot…Min lives for creativity, she enjoys an intimate connection with the world around her, drawing inspiration from unexpected places, her work reflecting this in its diversity and attention to detail. The projects Min worked on: Mulan, Captain Marvel, Mindhunter, The Politician, His Dark Materials, The Swamp…

“CODA”

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This artwork is the #04 of the Women In Motion Collection and is paired with a physical token: a unique display case. 
Curated by Motion Plus Design. For more info, click on the link below: 
https://www.motion-plus-design.com/nft/collection-new/0#4 | ARTWORK DESCRIPTION > 
When Coda implants this time machine into her body, she realizes she’s able to split her identities, find her lost time. 
Addicted to this new found power, Coda rebuilds her image, finds new aspirations and escapes from reality. 
If given the choice would you do the same thing? 
| WOMEN IN MOTION COLLECTION > 20 female artists, 20 unique artworks, each paired with 1 unique Motion Plus Design display case. | 
THE PHYSICAL TOKEN > The first buyer will receive the Motion Plus Design display case (24x32x7,5 cm / 9,4×12,5×3 inches), 
entirely handmade in Paris (France) by local printers and craftsmen which makes it a unique piece. Inside, there is a unique vertical screen 
(13,5×21,5 cm / 5,3×8,4 inches) displaying the NFT in loop (no sound) that can be detached,
 hung on a wall or exposed thanks to an easel, a booklet presenting the artist and her artwork, a metallic laser engraved certificate of authenticity and a special surprise for the collector. 
| PHYSICAL TOKEN DELIVERY INFO > 
The first buyer should contact Motion Plus Design (within the 6 months after the sale) at [email protected] so they can launch the process to identify him/her as the real buyer. 
In the event that the first collector does not claim the physical token within 6 months after the sale, the physical token will revert to Motion Plus Design. 
The delivery time of the case is usually 2/3 weeks from the moment Motion Plus Design got the buyer’s postal address or P.O Box (if the buyer wishes to remain anonymous). 
The case will be sent with a tracking number and shipment against signature. Packaging and worldwide delivery costs will be covered by Motion Plus Design. 
WARRANTY > The guarantee of the screen is one year from reception by the collector. | NOTES > Even after its purchase, this NFT can be exhibited at any event Motion Plus Design will be involved in. | 
Please discover the Min Shi’s unique case (Serial number 2022WIM00976576701674) here: https://www.motion-plus-design.com/nft/collection-new/0#4

Artist + Resident Degen

“21st Century Rage”

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broke my brain doing mental
gymnastics

Mike Szpot aka illkoncept is a New York City based artist who specializes in documentary, street, and urban photography. Mike is a storyteller whose work evocatively sheds light on beauty in the mundane and fleeting moments often overlooked by others. Routinely walking miles on end combing the streets, ill captures scenes resembling a surrealistic movie. A sense of nostalgia also emanates from his art influenced by an older, grittier New York. View his links here –> https://linktr.ee/illkoncept

“INCEPTION”

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“Inception” is the first installment of illkoncept’s Illusions series. 
This image was shot in Chicago, IL entirely in-camera by using the reflective glass bottom of a skybridge. 
Illusions is a series that provokes viewers to slow down, think outside the box, and question the way they look at things. 
All of us ultimately live in an illusion where our perspective determines our reality, and no two realities are the same. 
Using reflections of glass and puddles, this series creates candid optical illusions around urban settings that leave viewers questioning which direction is even right-side up.

Lorenzo Quinn is a leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by masters such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Exhibited internationally, his monumental public art and smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands. ‘The hand has been the basis for humanity’s evolution and holds the power to communicate, to give, to receive, to love, to hate, to create and to destroy’.

“Support Ukraine 🇺🇦 Particle #1”

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‘Support Ukraine, Stop the war,’ consists of a collection of 1000 NFT created to raise funds for Ukrainian civilians and medics suffering from the ongoing conflict.
Lorenzo Quinn who has always felt the need to promote universal peace and dialogue.
In an effort to demonstrate that actions are louder than words, the Artist will donated the totality of the profits of this NFT sale to three charities all of whom are doing instrumental work to support civilians and medics;
The Ukrainian Red Cross Society, Nova Ukraine and Sunflower for Peace.
Each NFT represents the value of the individual contributions made to fight for peace via unique dust particles, adding to the collections rarity.
This powerful work is also inspired by Lorenzo Quinn’s iconic ‘Support’ installation first unveiled at the Venice Biennale in 2017 to raise awareness about rising sea levels that threaten Venice and all coastal cities around the world.

Non-award winning visual artist.

“Metamorph”

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In the nature of things, I must soon
lose sight of this sense of constant
metamorphosis whose limits bound
our human life. -Resolution: 11730 ×
9300 px

as a fine artist, I visualize and cultivate stories of wonder and chaos through layered color, breathy line-work and distinctive illustrations. inspired by all the words I couldn’t say, anything that made me feel less that what I thought I was worth. a black man looking for his moment to cry, cracking the generational wall of trauma. the key I wanted to make me whole. I use my abstracts to dramatize everyday feelings as the stories dance over the line of reality. the fine freedom of emotion.

“lost at sea”

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simple animation of a 36 x 48 in traditional abstract acrylic painting. made to help cope with the feeling of rowing endlessly.

♥ 3rd world artist ♥ Subtle psychedelia and abundance rituals I have nothing but questions

“Lighter”

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✿ the way out is through ✿

Diela Maharanie, is an illustrator and visual artist, based in Indonesia. Whose works mostly bright and colorful filled with vibrant patterns of super saturated hues but also hint a mystery for the character. Diela Maharanie’s colors and patterns comes across in dreamy illustrations and ethereal imagery.

“The Founding Mothers”

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✦ The Founding Mothers ✦ Women
is the foundation of a family, a society,
and even a nation, for that reasons we
need to invest on women’s better
education and health and give equal
opportunities as men do. happy
international women’s day © diela
maharanie 2022
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I am a Japanese Exquisite workers artist who loves pen drawing.

“#495 Journey of Automatism, SUPER REAL EDITION #493-504 2D”
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We are excited to have on board Hirofumi Ito fom Japan, whose work for the Super Real Edition on SuperRare  is inspired by JOAN MIRÓ: “We are driven by automatism to an unknown universe.  We do not care what happens to our bodies and minds,  because the path we are taking is constructed by automatism.  In some distant place, we will finally be connected  with the creatures and inanimate objects created by the great Surrealists. At that very moment, we ourselves will become part of the “exquisite corpse.”

 

Multidisciplinary artist, 1988.

“D_Cry01”
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D Series – crypto evolution. #1 – The D  series is the result of a deep research of  the artist conducted on techniques and colour.  The main topic of the research is that of a universal applicability of colour on any support, from canvas and cardboard to the plain street. The success of the D series is also  confirmed by the bright success of works that, we can define properly urban, independent,
unconventional and absolutely unique, mirror of the polyhedral poetic painting of Difilippo.  In the last pieces of the D series, currently in processing and continuous development, the studied chromatic stratification is combined with an improvised composition, as in jazz. Inspired by lichens. 

Alberto Oliveira is multiciplinary artist from Brazil who develops works from approximations between painting and photography field.

“Ether”
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The artwork Ether has been relevant to me along these decades of production because it is the genesis of my digital creation process. It was conceived in 2004 in a hybrid process between analog photography and digital painting elements. My fascination with transcendental ideas are some recurring signs in the repertoire that drive my production, so this art brings the idea of the search for the sublime, a reconnection with the divine represented here as a boy in an etheric environment, in an act of pranic breathing.

Artist, technologist, activist Founder, Drue Kataoka Art Studios www.Drue.net.

“Vitruvian Woman”
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Water is Silence in Gold Octaves, pressed in waves, Waves reforge a breath — The circle The square The storm Wait on Time bending a A flutter-tongued flat surface that would be too easy as reversal is memory unwound Behold A Vitruvian Woman in gold, She leaves a multiverse of mirrors and Manifold moons in her wake Her shadow in the sky, she writes her path in sun script Long live The Vitruvian Women of this #GoldenAge 

Award-winning New Media Artist / Designer / Researcher. Los Angeles Based / Born and raised in Suzhou 苏州, China

“ASTRO::CITYJUNGLE07”
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Astro::CityJungle07 (2022) is part of Astro immersive audiovisual series that unfolds the earth through the lens of an intelligent being in outer space to raise the question of ‘why explore space’. As the alien rotates the lens to zoom in and out, the journey of observation brings the multi-scale
discoveries of the city jungle on earth with artistic imagination. This work is created using an algorithmic approach combining data visualization of cityscape and machine learning generative visuals. This artwork is part of SuperRare’s #TheGoldStandard exhibition featuring artists of Asian American Pacific Islander heritage in celebration of AAPI month.

Visual Artist

“Delirium”
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Beyond what we can see.

Internationally exhibiting research-based artist working at the intersection of art, science & technology. Always wondering, thinking through making.

“Shapes and Ladders: Battles of Bias & Bureaucracy (server room)”
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This is an original artwork depicting the entirety of a level from “Shapes and Ladders: Battles of Bias & Bureaucracy,” a new media work first premiered and shown
at the 2021 Venice Biennale. It is the first time any part of this game has been released as a NFT. The image is 5883 × 930 full color illustration of the server room in the game. Shapes and Ladders is a video game that shows how systemic racism and sexism can exist in the workplace. Set in the metaphor of a career ladder, players attempt to navigate through
an office building rife with challenges. This work was designed to allow players to cultivate empathy through a first person
simulation of structural inequality, with the hope that these insights can inspire players to spark change in real life. You can play
the full game on shapesandladders.com.  This artwork is part of SuperRare’s #TheGoldStandard exhibition featuring artists of Asian American Pacific Islander heritage in celebration of AAPI month.

Polish ex-biathlonist turned into a sports photographer. A Women’s rights activist. A creator of three editions of the charity project called sports calendar focused on the athlete’s silhouettes depending on the sports types. A WWF volunteer and charity events creator. She has been featured in Vogue, New York Post, Women’s Health, Playboy, Ask Man, Men’s Health, Glamour and other prestigious media worldwide.

“HÏBERNATÏON”
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HÏBERNATÏON Her power in hibernation, wakens to an icy blue. Viper moves in shivers, when melting icy dew. The Hïbernatïon piece was inspired
by the mythological Minoan Snake Goddess, who was one of the Minoan divinities associated
closely with the snake cult. She is called also Household Goddess due to her attribute of the snake, which is connected with the welfare of the Minoan household and symbolises the aspect of reign. It is also believed that the priestesses entered a trance after being bitten by snakes. The symbol and spirit of
the Minoan Snake Goddess taken from Greek mythology have many different aspects. The snake had a protective and beneficial role on the shield of Athena; it represented the chthonic power connected with the  Goddess of Earth; it was the attribute of Asclepius, probably due to its knowledge of the herb of rebirth, resurrection and eternal youth, and generally, it was
the symbol of superhuman power of the god. 

Graffiti master Malakkai creates expressive characters with a touch of melancholy and dumb humour. Leading artist at Exquisite Workers.

“#502 El Muso Inquietante, SUPER REAL EDITION #493-504 2D”
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We are excited to have on board Isaac Malakkai from Spain, whose work for the Super Real Edition is inspired by GIORGIO DE CHIRICO: “The disturbing, passive, and still mushroom, yet changing and challenging, on its old pedestal, looking at the cloudy horizon, makes you reflect, makes you nervous, never answers you, look at it there, always pretending to leave, the disturbing mushroom.”

 

Visual stories, elaborate and vibrant. Dreams and nightmares being fed into a caleidoscope vision, creating worlds of frightful wonder.

“Wild Ride”
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The surface seems calm, composed. Reassuring even. But underneath there’s a fire, an essence, a knowledge of something more sinister. Technological advancement sometimes comes with a price, a trade-off. Vague promises, shady dealings. Betterment and downfall all rolled into one. Who are they?Where are they going?Perhaps, as the miles roll off in the distance, some clarity will emerge.  
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Harry Jow is an Animation Artist based in Indonesia. He has his own unique style and has a thing for thriller, mystery, sci-fi, and horror theme.

Teenagers from Mars
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In the year of 2666, humans have found a way to survive on the red planet. 
There, they are still doing terraform process by blowing up nuclear bombs as many as possible. 
Unexpectedly, they find a treasure in the underground of the red planet. 
And to be able to take it, they need a lot of human resources. 
So, they have a plan to take the teenagers on Earth to help them find the treasure. 
Earth is already too messed up! 
For that reason they offer a bright future on the red planet. 
But the future isn’t always bright. 
After arriving there, Mars is still like hell and 
the teenagers will only be enslaved. Some teenagers are forced to follow all their orders. 
And some teenagers escape to a town called 
Solis Planum, a dead city with giant skull monuments and blood-red rivers. 
That’s where the teenagers hide, commit suicide, 
have fun and plan for their revenge.

Aerial Photographer and Fire-fighter based in Australia. I have a strong passion for combing the unique composition of drone photography with textures of the ocean.

Majestic Voyage
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In life, we are not often granted moments that stop you in your place, 
to admire the beauty of what you’re seeing. 
It’s been said that humans and whales have strong 
similarities which is why we develop lasting 
connections viewing these pinnacles of the ocean. 
Humpbacks make one of the longest animal 
migrations known to man, and they do so without 
fail every single year. In the summertime, the
 humpbacks gather down south in the chilly Arctic
 waters, where they feed plentifully on krill.
 This is their feeding season and readies
 them for the journey ahead to give birth.
Each year, I travel 2 hours to the ocean in the
 hope of witnessing them travel up the Pacific 
during their northern migration along the coastline. 
On this occasion, I spotted what appeared to be
 a small pod of humpbacks, several kilometres 
out to sea. I hastily launched my drone out
 towards the sprays and was left completely 
speechless by what I was witnessing. 
A pod of 5 whales gracefully travelling as one,
 in the clearest waters of the deep that I had
 ever filmed. All the years of patiently waiting 
had culminated into this one moment, as the
 leader of the pod came up for a single breath
 of fresh air, before diving into the depths below. 
When I flew the drone back, I was numb with
 satisfaction from the footage I had captured.
 A truly surreal moment to be fully immersed i
n the beauty of nature. Due to the 50 mb upload
 limit of SR, the full 4K 124 mb file will
 be delivered to the collector on 
a separate file sharing service

Born in NYC in the 1940’s, Lawrence has lived through & documented the evolution of life(styles) in the city. Wanting to build upon his psychedelic experiences in the East Village in ’67, he bought a camera in ’73 & began using infrared film & crystalline filters to create new perspectives on the American landscape. After completing the iconic project in ’86, he stored the work for nearly four decades. By releasing them now, he hopes to inspire new analog awareness within digital culture.

Heavenly Chords
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The speed of light slows to the speed of sound. 
As the energy expands over time, the blue aura
 thickens, becoming the site for the celestial 
archetypes of Heaven. In this psychedelic 
tableau of Heavenly Harmony, a female 
angel and her twin generate mesmerizing 
prismatic sound waves. The black triangular 
center echoes the black void of the Cosmic Golden 
Egg as a complete example of energy regeneration.
This visionary experimental series — fusing 
analog and digital mediums — focuses on singular 
images which cross multiple structural, 
chromatic, and psychic planes of attunement. 
By digitally folding and unfolding the image, 
the process allows viewers the opportunity to 
have deeper and more refined optical experiences 
of Nature and urban architecture as sacred 
realities. The auratic colors, emergence of 
meditative geometry, and crystalized primal 
vibrations may help open the viewer’s “third eye” 
by uncovering a living connection between 
consciousness and waves of complex solar energies. This digital fold was chosen to explore and expand
 Lawrence Horn’s analog archive, referenced 
on the blockchain as The Digital Archive,
 accessible via thedigitalarchive.art

My name is Artur Falcao. I’m a visual artist based in Florianópolis, an island full of tales and stories in which I mix aspects of my day and Graffiti to generate my artistic style. My references applied to my art come from my experience, sensitivity and analysis of emotional, musical and analytical aspects. I like to bring the observer of my work on a unique journey full of references and insights.

Lucid dreams
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A restless mind that at times tries to
disconnect from the world, Fruit of
peace and chaos linked to a unique
state of consciousness, where
everything is alive and fully energized.
Possibilities open up a unique
universe, captured entirely by our
feelings and experiences.

I’m a Miami-born, animator, illustrator, and director. My work is typically character-driven with a touch of whimsey.

Seen
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Finally seen but she was always there.

Pieter Schoolwerth explores and experiments with the effects of generalized abstraction on representations of the human form.

Swetaverse (Model for Rigged #9)
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Pieter Schoolwerth employed CGI for
the imagery of his new paintings from
the series ‘Rigged’, shown at
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin and
Petzel Gallery, New York, 2022.

Blake Kathryn is a Los Angeles based 3d artist with a surreal futurist aesthetic. Her work fuses vibrant palettes with ethereal undertones, creating dreamlike experiences across various forms of media. She has collaborated with Adidas, Complex, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Lil Nas X & more.

Florere
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An eternal bloom, a flourish
throughout time. An abstract
interpretation of my holistic
relationship with managing panic
disorder, finding peace throughout the
moments of hazy chaos.

Mimikry
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This short film with free interpretation
celebrates all the feelings we had in
the past of our lives and we still
haven’t found the right words to
describe them.

Jacqueline ‘Jisu’ Choe is a young Korean-American artist who draws upon her past as a highschool dropout and young internet star. Her independent work combines dark pop culture themes with sophisticated digital painting technique and has won her awards within the contemporary art space (Beautiful Bizarre Magazine – Digital Category 2021) and has exhibited in physical and digital galleries (Haven Gallery, MoCDA)

Therapy
Edition 1 of 1
A celebration of the beautiful herb
that is known as weed. I wanted to
portray Marijuana in a beautiful light,
unlike how society sees it. I took
inspiration from fine artists like Klimt
and Van Gogh and combined it with
contemporary taste to create a fine
“weed art”. Art is my therapy– just like
weed– and I hope to have captured
the tranquil solace I myself and many
others find in celebrating its beautiful
process.

The Original Diet Soda ™

Hazy Afternoon
Edition 1 of 1
Round and round the pot goes. Don’t
blink long, this bong grows.

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Going deep into quantum art: Quantum Skull by Pindar Van Arman and Russell Huffman

Going deep into quantum art: Quantum Skull by Pindar Van Arman and Russell Huffman

Clip from “Quantum Skull”

Going deep into quantum art: Quantum Skull by Pindar Van Arman and Russell Huffman

2 months ago

Too often an emphasis is placed on firsts in cryptoArt, when firsts rarely matter. Depth is what is important.

Claims of being a first are made to give an artwork special provenance. Someone might claim a project is the first poem minted on the blockchain, or the first PFP, or the first generative art piece. Unfortunately, despite the frequent emphasis put on being a first, almost none of the claims are true.

Actual firsts typically occur in the research world and are rarely realized at the time they occur. For example, somewhere on this planet there was definitely a first piece of computer generated art. Where is it? Well, it is doubtful that this artwork is in a museum or is even known. This is pure conjecture on my part, but the piece was probably made by a scientist who had access to an early computer and generated some sort of report that ended up looking aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps they then pinned this theoretical first piece of computer generated art to the lab’s wall and eventually forgot about it. Was it high art? No, but it was a first that has been lost to history, and that is fine.

And while Quantum Skull, a SuperRare 1/1, does include a number of technical firsts, they will not be addressed because firsts are not a substitute for depth, which is what is truly important, and why it was made.

Much of my art, including Quantum Skull, is on the cutting edge of various technologies including AI, robotics, GANs, and quantum computing. However, as mentioned its significance is rarely due to the fact that it is the first, but rather that it looks deeply at the technology asking cultural questions that have not yet been fully explored. For example, with my popular AI Imagined Faces series in 2018, I painted portraits from GANs and asked if AI could be as creative as humans? This question and in depth exploration of portraiture was awarded First Place in the international Robot Art 2018 competition and became a highly sought after NFTs series that is held by some of the biggest artists and collectors in the space including XCOPY, Cozomo de’ Medici, Hackatao, SonOfABeach, and Matrix. The general consensus that has come about from this series is that while AI can not make art, it can be creative, which was an extremely controversial thought at the time, and remains so to this day.

128 AI Imagined Faces painted by one of my robots.

With Quantum Skull, I am once again going deep into a new concept and exploring both its technological and cultural significance. Midway through creating the artwork, I found myself in touch with quantum artist Russell Huffman and realized that to go as deep as was needed, we needed to team up. Talking with Huffman, I realized why the piece couldn’t just reference quantum concepts, but had to be generated intentionally on an actual quantum computer. We both discussed the fact that we are in a moment, a brief moment in history, where we learning how to leverage the observation of atoms to achieve massive processing power. This processing power has the potential to be so powerful that it will probably break the blockchain’s cryptographic security, which is wonderfully ironic as the piece is being minted on the blockchain.

More important, however, is that quantum computing takes advantage of several key concepts including quantum superposition, entanglement, and interference. Each concept is wonderfully complex and worth examining at depth, though the easiest way to distill everything down is that particles don’t really exist in a fixed time or place. Instead, everything exists as probabilities in multiple positions and states at once. Only through the act of observation, where we try to measure a particle, does a position get revealed. When not being observed, a particle has an infinite array of possibilities. This is often misinterpreted by Hollywood pop culture to mean that there is a multiverse with an infinite number of universes where every possible thing that can happen has happened. This sounds weird and far fetched, but in actuality it is much weirder than even this as is explored in Quantum Skull.

Interior of an IBM Quantum Computer – photo courtesy of IBM.

Actual measurements of quantum superposition on ibmq_montrealwere made by Huffman and used to procedurally generate the piece. When you look at it, you can see an 8bit skull moving from place to place, existing in superposition until observed, then revealing it was elsewhere all along. Its form mimicking the generative process that created it. Beyond this, it is also a physical painting created from observation at an atomic level.

The subject of the piece is taken from my upbringing in the 8bit digital world of early video games, as well as references to early cryptoArt including the aforementioned AI Imagined Faces series. On a personal level, it includes my search for meaning, which oddly enough, I often look for in video games which are often as real for me as going outside.

Beyond form and subject, however, it goes even deeper and asks questions about the nature of reality. My favorite among many being:

If atoms only exist as a probability, and everything is made of atoms, does that mean that everything only probably exists?

Quantum Skull is a work that shows the universe in the only way that makes any sense to me… vague, ambiguous, and only probably there.

Quantum Skull

https://superrare.com/0xd45ea3d9426595f32a4b87f0225022d8d179526c/quantum-skull-1
by Pindar Van Arman and Russell Huffman

Includes:
1) A SuperRare 1/1 NFT
2) A 18”x10” Robotic Painting on Stretched Canvas
3) A MORF AI Artstick for plug and play display on most modern digital displays

Bidding Opens April 18 and closes April 25th at Sotheby’s
https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/natively-digital-1-3-generative-art/quantum-skull

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