Art, the essence of creativity, is once again being called into question. New technologies such as NFTs, AI, and web3 decentralization have challenged perceptions and raised many issues. Here/After The Art is an opportunity, an invitation to address these concerns and speculate on the future of others.
Diversity is paramount as this project is universal in scope. It asks 100 artists from across the globe to look beyond their "normal" sphere of creativity as they crowdsource the future of art. In doing so, each will create one NFT composed of two parts - NFT artwork and an essay on the future of art in the form of a smart contract-controlled time capsule.
HATA NFTs will be minted unrevealed for a single uniform price in three waves throughout 2023. No one will know which NFT is associated with which artist until after a mint. At that point the artwork is revealed but the time capsule with the essay remains sealed as a private asset. Now it is time for a critical choice. Should the NFT holder reveal the essay to enhance the rarity and value of the NFT or let it remain sealed? This is something of a gamble as all time capsule essays are set to be revealed automatically and randomly in a span of 1 - 5 years.
The following artists represent an array of skills and accomplishments across a spectrum of possibilities. This project unites them with a common goal to make predictions on the future of art. A 1/1 NFT by each will be featured at the first IRL exhibition and first mint wave in September 2023.
Orkhan Mammadov is a new media artist & creative director, working with a focus on representing eastern culture through innovative art-making methods. Orkhan immersed himself in new media flows in global trends and became fascinated by local youth subcultures to investigate the redemption of history and culture. He examines the alternative conditions of cultural heritage perception with artificial intelligence & generative art. As a primary core of his practice, Orkhan focuses on how the cultural and historical codes integrate a new forward-looking medium, virtual reality, into contemporary views of our everyday life.
Born and raised in Azerbaijan’s culturally rich Ganja city, Orkhan was immersed by his deeply personal interest in digitizing and regenerating cultural heritage. His spatial juxtaposition is a kind of experiment that emerges for the audience, raising questions about the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic implications of artificial visual cultural artifacts. By strong research-based practice, Orkhan’s works unquestionably display the significance of the traditions and history to understanding and caring for the legacy of tangible and intangible heritage assets from Azerbaijan and the Middle East.
Internationally he is recognized for his cultural data sculptures and dynamic carpet installations, which explore the alienation and escapism felt by a disaffected and displaced culture that casts itself as a fictional but physical element. The interplay between virtual and real worlds, utopia and dystopia, and the body and technology would remain major themes for Orkhan as his cultural commentary became increasingly pointed. Orkhan exhibited at several international biennales, festivals, and fairs, including Venice Biennale, Italy (2019), B3 Biennale of Moving Images, Frankfurt, Germany (2022), Art Dubai in UAE (2022), Art Basel in Miami, USA (2021), Moscow International Contemporary Art Biennale in Moscow, Russia (2019), Nasimi Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (2018), Gamma Festival in ST. Petersburg, Russia (2018), IF Istanbul International Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2017), ACCU Festival in Prague, Czech Republic (2017), Dave Festival in Dresden, Germany (2017).
Brendan Dawes is a UK based artist using generative processes involving data, machine learning and algorithms, to create interactive installations, electronic objects, online experiences, data visualisations, motion graphics and imagery for screen and print. A Lumen Prize and Aesthetica Art Prize Alumni, his work has been auctioned at Sotheby's and Christies and featured in many exhibitions across the world including Big Bang Data in thirteen cities, three MoMA shows in New York together with his Cinema Redux work becoming part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art in 2008.
Sasha Stiles is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, literary artist, AI researcher, and author of the “instant techno-classic” Technelegy, as well as co-founder of theVERSEverse. A pioneer of algorithmic authorship, blockchain poetics and publishing innovation, Stiles became the first writer to bring AI-powered literature to a major auction house when her poem, “COMPLETION: When it’s just you,” sold at Christie’s in 2022. Recent honors include a Future Art Award, nominations for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and finalist status for the Christopher Smart Prize and Palette Emerging Poet Prize. Stiles has been invited to speak at Art Basel, The Brooklyn Museum, SXSW, Digilogue Istanbul, the Ai4 Summit, Miami Art Week, NFT.NYC and VCA Invites: London, and has exhibited at venues around the globe including Annka Kultys Gallery, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Art Cologne, SuperRare Gallery, SCOPE Art Show, Superchief Gallery, the Carousel de Louvre, New York Fashion Week, the billboards of Shibuya, Tokyo, virtual Times Square, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Stiles has served as Poetry Mentor to the humanoid android BINA48 since 2018, and lives near New York City with her husband and studio partner, Kris Bones.
Vratislav Pecka (A.K.A. PosterLad) is a Czech artist whose work breathes new life into the traditional medium of posters. Pecka sees posters as a form of fine art, and his minimalist designs are visually stunning, captivating and delighting viewers. His success is all the more remarkable considering he originally planned to pursue a career in film. However, his passion for graphics won out, and he established himself as a graphic designer. In 2016, Pecka started the PosterLad project on Instagram. Ever since then, he made around 900 artworks which he sells as prints as well as NFTs at SuperRare.
PosterLad's artworks work have been exhibited around the world both physically and also virtually: The PosterLad cryptoart pieces were featured at The Burnt auction, France's first NFT auction, among the likes of Beeple, Fewocious, Larva Labs, and XCopy. His work was a part of NFT.NYC 2023 in New York as well as NFTs What the F**k in Andorra in 2022. He received a handful of major design awards for his traditional work.
For PosterLad, it's all about creating beauty and inspiring others. Influenced by the Bauhaus school, his goal is to visually impress his audience and find a balance between colors and composition in each of his posters.
Bay Backner is an artist working at the intersection of fine art and metaverse technologies. The theme of digital identity vs sociocultural identity is central to Bay’s work. Her pieces use oil paint, AI and metaverse installations to pull cultural archetypes into the exploratory space between physical and digital worlds. In her ongoing body of work on ‘the muse’, she paints real-life portraits of her ‘muses’ – women she has generated using AI technology – then disrupts their images through digital-physical interventions. Bay sees this as a way to disrupt her own relationship with the legacy muse-artist narrative.
Bay is co-founder of Vueltta, an international art collective producing immersive installations in the Decentraland metaverse. In 2022, her work was featured by Metaverse Art Week, NFT Show Europe, NFT Liverpool, ETH Barcelona and The Financial Times Digital Asset Summit. Bay has been active in decentralized technology since 2006, when she produced the first conference on open source mobile software in Silicon Valley. She still regularly consults on metaverse and web3 growth strategy for brands including DeFi ICOs, NFT platforms, social protocols and decentralised social enterprise. Bay both creates and collects NFTs on the Tezos and Polygon chains. As a collector, she focuses on emerging women artists, and her own work was selected for the Women’s Museum’s genesis NFT collection.
Dr Ivona Tau is a generative A.I. artist from Vilnius, Lithuania who works with neural networks as a medium in experimental photography and motion painting. Her goal is to find and evoke emotions through artificially intelligent tools, this way making them more human. She was awarded the best award in the Digital Ars 2020 contest for art created with AI, Computer Animation category award in Computer Space International Computer Art Forum 2021, elected as one of the TOP 10 Women in AI 2022 by Women in Tech foundation. Her work has been showcased and auctioned worldwide, including Sotheby’s X Burning Man, Frieze, Duran Arte y Subastas, Ars Electronica Garden NYC, Stratosphere Beijing, Crypto Art Week Asia, Athens Digital Art Festival, CAFA, Art Basel Miami and more.
GlitchOfMind (F.K.A. Leonel Piccardo) is a visual artist and photographer based in the Netherlands. He began his photography journey after moving to Amsterdam, focusing on portraiture and storytelling. Over time, inspired by surrealism, anime, and animation, led him to explore a more fantastical approach to his work. On his photography journey, GlitchOfMind has embarked on different projects creating portraiture and artworks that highlight the black queer community and explore themes of intimacy, self-exploration, and empowerment through his imagery which had led him to have the honor to exhibit in different locations.
As a 3D artist, GlitchOfMind uses a combination of photography, 3D art, and animation to create his artwork. He explores storytelling through themes of self-discovery, with his dreamy cinematic visuals being inspired by his personal experiences. Since 2021, GlitchOfMind has joined the NFT (crypto art) movement and has had his work exhibited in different countries and galleries, curating and co-curating exhibitions that celebrate and highlight queer artists in the NFT space. His work mainly consists of a mix of 3D, photography, and experiments with VR Sculpting and AI texture generated for costume designs for his 3D characters.
Forming a career through critiquing elitist rules of the art world, artist, art dealer, curator, writer, and critic Kenny Schachter navigates the monetary circulation of art in his work. Maintaining the role of both an insider and outsider in the contemporary art world, Schachter offers what he calls a different, atypical viewpoint of the art world as a person who didn’t learn its systems, including the secretive relationships, pricing, and silence. Through his work, Schachter makes clear the machinations of the art market, disintegrating the barriers for people not on the inside. Influenced by artists like Paul Thek and Vito Acconci, Schachter humorously exposes the good, bad, and ugly nature of the business with blunt candor in works like The Larry Joke (2018). He incorporates humor to direct stark critiques and subvert the seriousness that the art world upholds in an unpretentious manner.
Painter Charles Clapshaw has been connecting creativity with technology for 25 years – from being a webmaster at the start of Web1 to building a Digital Arts Network in 26 countries and spending time as an augmented reality artist at Apple. He currently lives in the near future, where he is most comfortable in his studio with wet paint, custom ML models, and too many screens. Here, he is exploring the new medium(s) of reality, augmented art, and light, while also returning to painting throughout the process. Through this art, Charles seeks to share his experiences of being autistic with the neurodiverse world.
Florencia is an Argentine artist and visionary, who explores the intricate connections between the digital, virtual, and natural worlds through her innovative projects and installations. Her work delves into themes of time, perception, mortality, and parallel universes, consistently pushing boundaries and challenging conventions.In her immersive "Out-of-Body" installation, Florencia employs a visual algorithm to create a transformative experience that invites introspection and self-awareness. Her "Tension and Interlude" pliage works artfully fuse traditional artistic painting methods with modern technological concepts, showcasing her ability to bridge distinct realms of artistic expression. The "Being Human" collection offers an exploration of the essence of humanity, blending surreal and dreamlike visuals with cutting-edge AI technology. These captivating portraits serve as ontological gateways, encouraging viewers to embark on a journey of exploration and rediscovery. Florencia's thought-provoking piece, "Far From Home," presented at the Venice Biennale of Art, addresses global population migration through an interactive portal, providing a unique perspective on pressing global issues. Her work was featured in Venice Art Biennale, Centro Cultural Borges, International Houston Fine Art Fair, Kunsthalle Faust Hannover, Palazzo Zenobio, Berlin Art Spring, Venice Architecture Biennale, Evita Museum, Espacio Cultural Donceles 66 Mexico, Art Basel Miami and more. Florencia has been active in the Metaverse since 2004, when she produced the entire island for the America's Cup Valencia for Alcatel Lucent. She is co-founder of 9th.com, a metaverse and web3 company working for brands including Discovery Channel, the World Bank, Mediaset, Xbox, Alcatel Lucent, among others. Florencia both creates and collects NFTs on the Tezos and Polygon chains. As a collector, she focuses on fine-art artists entering the digital world. As an active member of prestigious art organizations and the co-founder of Decentral Art Pavilion, Florencia contributes to the development of the art community by participating as a speaker at various conferences like IKT & Plus Tate Talk, The Role of NFTs in Cultural Institutions, NFT.NYC London, Dubai Boulevart and more. Her commitment to artistic exploration and innovative expression makes her a true pioneer in the ever-evolving world of art and technology.
The HATA Mint Pass provides an exclusive opportunity to acquire a 1/1 NFT prior to the public mint. Each collector will receive special pricing plus an additional bonus NFT. This creation is historically significant as it marks the original point of intersection from which co-founders, Richard Klocke and Jana Kubátová developed Here/After The Art.
The minting will be launched at the IRL exhibition within the Prague Blockchain week on June 2-10. Are you keen to mint one? Leave us your email address.
Richard is an artist much like any artist with a sense of adventure and a will to explore, until you consider his preternatural belief in the creative potential. Most of his professional career has been associated with museums. There were 20 years of history museums with emphasis on the past and 21 years of looking to the future while the Exhibits Manager at the Spencer Museum of Art. Hereafter The Art is in many ways the culmination of these experiences.
Jana graduated from Arts Management. For 10 years, she has been producing solo and collective exhibitions and multi-genre projects under the NGO Inter-Art. For 6 years, she has been a project manager and copywriter in leading Prague creative & digital studios. Her expertise is mainly in curatorship, conceptualization and copywriting. She is co-founder of digital art collective NFTense and NFT collection The Divergents.
Head of partnerships
Jan is an architect, PhD candidate in architecture and co-founder of the emerging DVRG platform, which will cultivate the NFT sphere and empower artists to establish themselves in it. Jan's key skills are anchored in networking and connecting the seemingly incompatible. As a former athlete, Jan understands the essence of creation and its path to the goal.
Lukáš graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Architecture. He is a graphic designer passionate about working on creative projects. In 2020, he launched the online project Obrazohled, which sells original art prints from both emerging and established Czech and Slovak contemporary artists under curatorial supervision. Lukáš is passionate about his art installation "Rozbřesk” (Sunrise), a personal celebration of plants, light, sounds and darkness.
Full Stack Developer
Vojtěch is a co-founder and the driving force behind Artiffine's development. He is an experienced full stack developer in everything from blockchain to backend to React and UX/UI, and seamlessly manifests project visions into reality.
Jan is a co-founder and legal specialist at Artiffine. As a Ph.D. in IT/IP law, he focuses on licensing schemes, compliance, and all related legal agenda. He also addresses these issues on a high level as part of the Harvard NFT Task Force.
Martin is the CEO and co-founder of Artiffine. He leads the company, shapes its direction, and is the driving force behind its vision. He has been actively involved in web3 since 2020 and has helped launch hundreds of successful projects.
Michelle is a curator, visual artist and academic researcher. She has curated several web3 projects as well as co-curated an international art exhibition Prague Biennale. In her artistic practice she is focused on new media, combining analog and digital art. As a researcher she is currently engaged in a research on Synesthetic Experience from Immersive Art Exhibitions.
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