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How to sell a pile of pixels for more than 2000 USD
Being myself an avid fan and follower of the New media art scene where most works of art are only available digitally. I have myself experimented with small bits and pieces over the recent years and once having come across couple years ago the idea of NFT’s it always was clear for me they will add value to the New Media Art Scene.
What is the current state of the art?
When one looks into all these 3D VR projects, one can see it attracts a ton of new media artists, and they are showcasing their artworks in virtual galleries such as https://www.cryptovoxels.com/parcels/461 . Platforms like superrare.com are running even complete platforms and helped artist so far to earn nearly 1 Mio USD in total. So we can see there is a demand and a market is developing despite still being at an early stage.
Experiments for new mediums for New Media Artists.
I have to say there is one thing which bothers, it’s the underutilizing of the Virtual Space for 3D new media Artworks. Being myself interested in the space, I decided to think as well about how it could be done and was coming up with the Artwork “Scalping-Bitcoin” a couple of months ago. It was great to see the response from others as buzz was going on about it.
I think using a full parcel (virtual land plot) and the elements provided by Virtual worlds one thinks as well beyond the two-dimensional canvas, and so I did. Initially, I thought it is just for fun but then after getting requests and asked if that “artwork” is for sale, I put it up on opensea.com a place where people can trade non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum chain, and got lucky and found buyers.
I agree one factor is for sure that the land plot it is built on is in a prime location in cryptovoxels and a lot of people who entered for the first time cryptovoxels more or less stumbled across it. In the end, I put it up for auction, and it was snacked up by an avid digital art collector in the space. Initially, I did not know who the buyer was. I conducted some research and found out who he is and had a good chat with him about his intention. The buyer assured he did not buy it because of the land but because he liked the iconic work in the cryptovoxel universe and will let it be how it is.
What will the future bring
I think we will see much more of those things happening in the future as a market is developing, and there are as well buyers for that kind of works. Virtual space and tokenized digital artworks will become the norm, and we will see better utilization of the third dimension for artworks. In the future, I will build a handful of works per year as I enjoy the process.
Ideas for other artworks are already in my mind, and I will focus at the moment on the cryptovoxels environment. The cryptovoxels universe fits more my taste when it comes to digital arts, and artworks then other universes like Decentraland and Sandbox. Those two further digital worlds are more focusing on a gaming-oriented audience, then an art appreciation one.