Visitors mint their own generative art NFT at Art Basel 2022 in Switzerland

At this year’s Art Basel in the Swiss city Basel, the pioneering exhibition Chance Encounters in New Mediums: Generative Art, presented by Tezos, is highlighting the modern resurgence of generative art. Tezos, an energy-efficient blockchain, is converting the generative art into a live artistic process in which the element of chance is embraced and engraved onto the blockchain in this one-of-a-kind interactive display. Visitors get to co-create a new generative artwork that is instantly minted as an NFT and it’s given to participants in real-time as part of the interactive experience. The exhibition is headed by Herbert W Franke, a visionary early generative art pioneer and science fiction writer, with his 1979 MONDRIAN software, courtesy of Herbert W Franke and Susanne Päch. The TI-99/4, the first 16-bit home computer, was used to produce MONDRIAN, a dynamic generative software. A 21:21 minute sequence of the dynamic generative programme captured at a solo show at ZKM in 2010, now minted as an NFT on Tezos is on display.

Digital work by Ryan Bell at Art Basel 2022 Image: Courtesy of Sutton London


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