CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DIGITAL ART
"Many of the early pioneers did not dare call their work art and instead categorized it as design." – Herbert W. Franke
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DIGITAL ART
"Even though I use my avatars to gain self-awareness and heal from the complicated relationship with my physical self, there are times when I wish I could leave my physical body and be them instead." – Martina Menegon
The Beauty of Nature and An Archive of Voices
"YOUR VOICE IS YOUR IDENTITY"
Herbert W. Franke first encountered Harry Yeff’s work in Linz in the summer of 2021. Both were part of the exhibition PROOF OF ART at the Francisco Carolinum in Linz, the first museum to tell the brief history of NFTs. Franke, who was also a caver and rock collector, became interested in Harry Yeff and Trung Bao's work, VOICE GEMS, and soon a collaboration emerged.
In conversation with Anika Meier, Susanne Päch, the wife of Herbert W. Franke, Harry Yeff, and Trung Bao talk about the collaboration that began in 2021. Päch, who today heads the art meets science – Foundation Herbert W. Franke and lived with the artist and scientist for 42 years, also tells more about Franke's fascination with stones and what this has to do with the beginning of his artistic career.
Generative AI and Creative Coding
IRA GREENBERG: CRACKING THE CODE
With a background in classical art history and a pioneering spirit for the matter of computer science, Ira Greenberg has been feverishly creating in the manifold fields of painting, animation, interactive design and has worked as a creative director and art and computer science professor. In his practice, Greenberg has been experimenting with creative coding and generative art long before NFTs gained momentum, and with works like ORACLES and GLOMULARUS, he has taken the NFT space by storm. Ira Greenberg discusses his extraordinary career with Anika Meier.
Early Digital Art's Influence on NFTs
HERBERT W. FRANKE & LEE MULLICAN: PIONEERS AND THEIR LEGACY
Digital art pioneers Herbert W. Franke and Lee Mullican have been examining the connection between art and technology since the 1950s. Whereas Mullican saw the computer as an extension of his artistic vision, Franke saw this relationship as a cohesive one.
Cole Root, Director of the Estate Mullican, and Susanne Päch, Herbert W. Franke's wife, spoke with Anika Meier about the artists' legacies, their visionary spirits, and their influences on the current NFT space.
Virtual Architecture and Spatial Paintings
Manuel Rossner: Creating Virtual Worlds
The German artist Manuel Rossner has been creating digital spaces and virtual worlds since 2012. He explores how society and art are impacted by technological advancements. He is best known for his site-specific digital work—virtual reality drawings that crash with physical buildings. His intervention focuses on the context of their location and the materiality of the digital. In conversation with Anika Meier, Manuel Rossner speaks about the present and future of digital art.
Transcendence Through Artistic Practice
ANNA BELLER: THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL OF ABSTRACT ART
Painter Anna Beller believes in the importance of process in her abstract artistic practice. Whether in her physical paintings or NFTs, creating art provides Beller with an experience transcending time and space. Beller speaks about art as a form of religion, balancing both a digital and physical practice, and her sensory response to painting with Margaret Murphy, Head of Community.
Sifting Through the Web3 Sandbox
COLLECTORS TALK NFTs: DANIEL KANTOR
Collector Daniel Kantor, known by his alias DCN7RLZ and his macaque monkey profile picture on Twitter, says that when it comes to NFTs, he "came for the art, stayed for the community". He began his journey on the platform HicEtNunc and is now one of the Tezos blockchain's most active and passionate collectors. For EXPANDED.ART’s collector series, Kantor discusses his passion for digitally-native artwork, equitable collecting, and the significance of the social scene of Web3.
Distinguishing Signal vs. Noise in NFTs
COLLECTORS TALK NFTs: JOSH YAKOV
Josh Yakov, known as @delta_alpha_ohm on Twitter, stumbled upon NFTs by way of cryptocurrency during the pandemic. For EXPANDED.ART's collector series, Yakov tells us how as his collection grows, so does his drive to discover meaning through art.