Munich: Germany’s largest series of crypto art events starts – Munich

They have been around for a few years, but in the early years they did not play a role in art: the non-fungible tokens or NFTs for short. It was only when auction house Christie’s auctioned off the digital work “Everydays. The First 5000 Days” by American digital artist Beeple and accepted a cryptocurrency for it that NFTs also conquered the art world. During the pandemic, digital art in the form of NFTs has become the art scene’s most hyped must-have. For where museums were closed, art fairs canceled, the entire analog art circus had practically stalled and physical contemplation, but also appropriation and trade had moved to the digital, new digital arts appeared everywhere – and above all the NFTs.

In fact, it makes no difference what the certificate of authenticity of the non-fungible token exactly refers to. It is important that its unique character is confirmed. And then, with the help of NFTs, in times of infinite reproducibility, digital art became what art has been for centuries: something unique. The value of these works of art is based solely on the fact that their uniqueness is registered in a data set, a so-called blockchain, by means of cryptographically unique, indivisible, irreplaceable and verifiable characters. Therefore, an NFT only exists once and can only be purchased together. Artistic NFTs are gaining more and more followers worldwide.

Munich: Betty Mü, a specialist in video mapping and immersive art, also participates in NFT May for Xcircle.

Betty Mü, a specialist in video mapping and immersive art, also participates in NFT May for Xcircle.

(Photo: Betty Mü / Courtesy XCricle)

Exhibitions and workshops all over the city

Now, Munich, so closely linked to the analog art world, of all places, starting NFT-May 2022, is Germany’s largest series of events for NFTs in the field of art and culture. From May 5 to 31, there will be a festival, an exhibition, series of lectures, workshops, zoom projects and podcasts – the latter coming from Minneapolis. The events are organized by the Blockchain Bayern Association and supported by the Bavarian State Ministry of Digital Affairs, in particular Bavaria Digital Minister Judith Gerlach. Various Munich institutions such as the Munich Urban Colab and the Villa Stuck Association have also pledged their support and even the Department of Labor and Economics is involved.

Munich: Everything digital or what?

Everything digital or what?

(Photo: NFT-Mai / Muc.xyz)

The venues are also diverse: Sugar Mountain is one of the highlights, with Freeman Contemporary Circus hosting a festival with Pepe Arts as organizer and master classes for artists and collectors. MCBW, Munich’s major design fair, invites you to an event about virtual fashion and digital collectibles in the NFT era in the Munich Urban Colab. Blitzklubben and Pacha participate, who will, among other things, present the NFT platform XCircle NFT shows with Munich AR specialist Betty Mü. Lazy Gallery attracts visitors with an exhibition and workshops. And Haus der Kunst will host NFT May 2022 for two days, including speakers for Muc.xyz: Jiayin Chen, Director of NFT @ artnet, Yat Siu, Chairman of Animoca Brands, a Hong Kong-based gaming software company, Digital Minister Gerlach and digital specialist Annette Doms, an expert in technology-based art and blockchain-related art shops, as well as a lecturer in art history at LMU. The selection of locations and the list of events alone show the different interests that the subject NFT meets.

“Munich can play a leading role in the NFT area”

Annette Doms considers NFTs to be one of the most significant contemporary innovations in technology and finance, and a significant cultural phenomenon. She is convinced: “Munich already has a large blockchain community. Munich can play a leading role in the NFT field.” Doms knows what she’s talking about. In 2013, she co-founded with Benedict Rodenstock and Irmin Rodenstock Beck “Unpainted”, a platform for digital art, and organized art fairs for digital art that were not media art in Munich. At the time, the art form itself was still in its infancy, and only specialists dealt with NFTs.

And Florian Matthes, professor of computer science at the Technical University of Munich and CEO of Blockchain Bayern, also sees the great potential of NFTs in the field of art: “Digital art is currently the area where NFTs are receiving particular attention, and where they can be experienced for the first time However, there are many other application scenarios where this blockchain technology shows its strengths and which affects many people in their everyday lives.Education certificates as proof of participation in further education is one such example.NFT May 2022 is a very good platform to show people what is possible. ” And Christian Pfeiffer, spokesman for NFT-Mais, promises: “By combining all events, we are showing the growing relevance and charisma of NFT art.”

NFT May Munich, 5.-31. May, various places, all information at www.blockchain-bayern.de/nft-mai

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