Singapore, Singapore, December 13, 2021: APENFT Foundation and TRON are pleased to announce the Art Dream Fund’s inaugural open call winners. Digital artists applied for a series of awards totaling $100,000 by creating digital artworks that explored their “Second Life” in a digital parallel universe. “Second Life” received a variety of 2D and 3D, static and dynamic artworks from more than 500 talented artists and digital enthusiasts from around the world. A panel of judges selected thirteen winners who will work with APENFT’s partner, LiveArt, to develop and mint their digital artworks. The works will be featured in a January 2022 exhibition co-curated by Sydney Xiong, Art Director of APENFT Foundation, Marisa Kayyem, Chief Curator of LiveArt, and virtually in APENFT Art Museum in Cryptovoxels, with the works available for purchase on the LiveArt platform.
“A good artwork has two essential components,” said Sydney Xiong, Art Director of APENFT Foundation. “First, a universal message – the work must have a clear and common language so that the audience understands what you are trying to say. Good artworks can be understood across cultures. Second, artists’ personal coding – in other words, their symbols and styles. Entries that meet these two criteria are considered desirable by me.”
Marisa Kayyem, Chief Curator of LiveArt, said, “LiveArt and APENFT share a common vision of bridging the traditional and digital art worlds, so they are an ideal partner in this journey. “Second Life” supports the growth of crypto native NFT artists, and LiveArt is thrilled to not only share our experience and technology but also expose their work to the traditional art market through our marketplace.
APENFT Foundation is honored to share with you the following 13 winners:
Grand Prize Award (x1)
WMD Studio, Infinite Falling（2021） Digital animation, Courtesy of the artist.
Best Creativity Awards (x4)
Verdi Jackson, Disoriented Struggle Nirvana & Fantasy(2021). Copperplate etching, Courtesy of the artist.
Kong, Duty of scalpels (2021). Digital illustration. Courtesy of the artist.
Allyn Belfred，Home Base（2021）Blender. Courtesy of the artist.
Chengcheng Shi，New Language（2021）new media art，Courtesy of the artist.
Category Awards (x8)
HUIHUAN, Crossing the Multiverse•Prediction (2021), Program，Courtesy the artist.
Lil E，Revelation 2077（2021）Blender C4D Procreate Nomad，Courtesy the artist.
Pandalifa, Meta Human – 01 Projection（2021） Digital illustration，Courtesy the artist.
Jansword Zhu, Transenlight（2021）Short Animation, Courtesy the artist.
LOVEBEING，SUPERPOSITION NOSTALGIA（2021）DIGITAL ASSEMBLAGE，Courtesy of the artist.
ZhangHui&ZhaoXuetong，Palace#1（2021）Unity, Courtesy of the artist.
RocketHand Studio, Massive memory(2021) Loop dynamic image/3D generative art，Courtesy of the artist.
About The Art Dream Fund
The Art Dream Fund is committed to giving traditional artists a handle on NFT and the blockchain world by leveraging the edges of APENFT Foundation and TRON in technology, the market and industry, and policy analysis. Doing so will reshape the existing art market to jointly create a new culture and community where fresh voices can be heard. As the first foundation in the world whose collections straddle physical and digital NFT artworks, APENFT aims to build a platform for multi-disciplinary art practices to be developed, displayed, and spread by turning the spotlight on the reality, virtual world, and social context. Moving forward, the Art Dream Fund will come up with a wide variety of support programs such as open calls for musical and architectural works and artist-in-residence programs to attract more young creators.
Officially registered in Singapore on March 29, 2021, APENFT is backed by the underlying technology of top-notch blockchains Ethereum and TRON with support from the world’s largest distributed storage system Bittorrent File System (BTFS) to deliver the mission of facilitating creator economy while catalyzing the financial and cultural inclusion in the metaverse and the integration of the virtual and real world. APENFT’s finest and most diverse collections of modern and contemporary art include key works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alberto Giacometti and emerging crypto artists Beeple, Pak, FEWOCiOUS, Mitchell F. Chan, which are made available for the entire community through a series of curated online exhibitions in the metaverse. APENFT Foundation also partners with renowned art institutions, such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s and had successfully sponsored the fourth annual “Art + Tech Art Technology Summit: NFTs and the Future” in New York, receiving global media coverage such as Artnet, ArtReview, ArtNews, Coindesk, Cointelegraph etc. As the leading tech-driven art foundation, APENFT aims to drive high-quality traffic to support the development of the decentralised metaverse’s ecosystem.
LiveArt is the global fine art marketplace that puts collectors and artists in control by providing the necessary data, insight and opportunity to buy or sell works of art without relying on traditional intermediaries. LiveArt was established by a team of art market insiders and tech innovators who have developed proprietary technologies to support the unique needs of the art world.
LiveArt comprises three integrated components: an AI-powered comprehensive data solution that is the preeminent destination for art market data and analysis, live auction streaming, real-time and historic pricing information, detailed analysis of artist and market trends, and financial and cultural context; a digital peer-to-peer marketplace that provides for ultimate discretion, allowing users to determine how much information about their identity and works of art is disclosed; and an end-to-end solution for minting and selling NFTs.
- Elodie He