13/08/2021 In Brief

BeInCrypto has announced a collaboration with the Exquisite Workers to host a for-charity non-fungible token (NFT) auction. 

Leading crypto media company BeInCrypto (BIC) has announced an upcoming charity NFT auction to celebrate its third anniversary. Opening its doors in August 2018, BIC is a news site that focuses on cryptocurrency, fintech, and privacy. The company was founded with the goal of offering true transparency in the cryptocurrency industry. 

Now, with the help of Exquisite Workers, BeInCrypto is getting into the NFT game with a collection of digital artwork. The “Star Edition” NFT collection will celebrate three years of honest journalism and education from BeInCrypto with nine different pieces. 

Proceeds from the auction will go to help fund the Open Earth Foundation. The foundation is an R&D non-profit that utilizes cutting-edge tech to move open source platforms into the future. The overall goal is to increase planetary resilience by combating environmental issues. 

According to Open Earth Foundation’s website, “To address our existential planetary challenges we must radically work together.” BIC believes that collaborations are pivotal and are interested in scaling them to high-level stakeholder networks as well as at the grassroots community level. We also feel that projects like the ones that the Open Earth Foundation produces are paramount to crafting the future we want to live in. 

Star Editions NFTs

The nine NFTs set for auction reflect on the years of quality reporting BIC has featured by looking at the future of cryptocurrency. The artworks will correspond with an article written by one of BeInCrypto’s blockchain experts and will be auctioned off along with digital HD art from the Exquisite Workers group. The sale will run from Aug 29 and Aug 31 with three NFTs being minted and auctioned per day. The articles and the accompanying artworks will represent each writer’s view of what the blockchain, and our planet, will look like in the future. 

While BIC experts handle the text side of each NFT, the Exquisite Workers will handle the digital art in a format that it refers to as ‘Exquisite Corpse.’ The idea behind Exquisite Corpse is that each member of the collective contributes to each image produced without having seen what the others are creating. The end result is a blended and completely unique image. BeInCrypto’s Star Edition collection will be crafted in real-time by the artists, and will debut during the auction. 



Interesting NFTs
Bored Ape Yacht Club #2087
The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a collection of 10,000 unique Bored Ape NFTs— unique digital collectibles living on the Ethereum blockchain. Your Bored Ape doubles as your Yacht Club membership card, and grants access to members-only benefits, the first of which is access to THE BATHROOM, a collaborative graffiti board. Future areas and perks can be unlocked by the community through roadmap activation.
Who Is The Creator 2
The idea for this piece was borne out of a tweet of mine that caused a bit of a stir. I’d posted a link to a blog article I’d written a number of months previous titled ‘Who is the Creator’ discussing various types of creative collaborations and why I hire people to work on my animations. It generated a lot of debate around creation and attribution with the community split on whether it’s right or wrong for an artist to hire other professionals to help them realize their art projects. I decided to push the boundaries even further and see how the cryptoart community responded. What if I quite literally had nothing to do with the physical or digital elements of the work other than coming up with the concept and coordinating it? I decided there was one artist in the space who could add huge value to this idea on levels that none other could and so I gathered my courage and contacted the great José Delbo to ask him if he’d be interested in a very unique collaboration. I explained to him that to make this piece ‘work’ he couldn't have any say in what I produced and moreover, he wouldn’t even be allowed to see the animation until it was dropped on MakersPlace. To my surprise, Mr Delbo agreed to my proposal. The animation tells the story of the creative process, which includes my roles as writer, director, and producer working with a team and making edits and changes ‘in real time’. The dialogue between myself and my ‘hired guns’ plays out in front of the viewer. The music written for the piece adds to the nostalgia of the comic book superhero theme but other elements such as the snapping and kicking of the pencil and the signing of my signature at the bottom incorporates further layers and challenges the viewer to ask important questions, such as, is the ‘Art’ the final animation (the creation) or is the ‘Art’ the concept/credit for the creation itself?
conceptual art. drawing and digitally processed.
Elton John, Gazoo Parents
Heyo! I'm Elton John, Gazoo Parents. I enjoy being a nevernude, watching Stranger Things, and spinning sick beats. I would give it all up to be on Oprah. This will be an amewsing friendship.
Right Place & Right Time (bitcoin hourly price offset)
Each day, a new composition for the Master is generated autonomously using a data feed of Bitcoin's last 24 hours of price action. Each hour's price programmatically controls rotation, scale, and position of a correlating layer. Astute viewers will surmise the day's price volatility simply by examining the artwork. While the daily image generation is the result of autonomous API calls, utilizing an algorithm the artist wrote, the artist has chosen to retain a control token. This token allows him to fine-tune variables associated with his algorithm, in addition to addressing aesthetic concerns within the life-cycle of the artwork. Layer state, alpha, hue, saturation, and brightness are elements the artist has retained control of in order that this artwork remain a living work-in-progress. An earlier iteration of this artwork was featured as a nightly projection mapping video on the face of the Daniels Fisher Clocktower, as part of ETH Denver 2020. Access to this and additional exclusive content awaits the master token owner at the artist's NFT Portal: https://collect.mattkane.com/minted-works/right-place-right-time-bitcoin-hourly-price-offset/