Life of a cryptopoet
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Art is the utility. It’s something you will hear or see now and then if you converse with artists active in the wonderful world of web3. It means, in short, that art has value. And it does. But how do you get that value to the artists? In the traditional art world, there are galleries and magazines that help artists find their audience. That helps, but also comes at a cost. The most heard cost is the fact that it’s a process of exclusivity. It’s hard to get inside this world, power is concentrated and sometimes as an artist, you have to dance to the tune of the gatekeepers, even if you don’t really like that.
The Internet has changed the equation a little bit. It has allowed artists to publish their art at their own discretion. And now with blockchains entering the game, you can even have a secure solution for determining originality and provenance. Which are great determinators of value. To put it slightly differently: thanks to blockchains, it’s not so easy to copy and steal art. However, if you decide to go independent, it also means you have to do the marketing yourself. For poets creating NFTs, that means constantly pushing your art on Twitter and Discord. This poem tells that story.
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I like sounds. The sounds that surround us and may seem ordinary. I wish sometimes I could create art with it, and on occasion, I have used recorded sounds to ‘illustrate’ my poems. So, when I saw a sound artist share a bit about his work on Twitter, I was very intrigued. The tweet below is from the thread he shared, go read the whole thing.
Earlier this week I attended an opening party of a new online exhibition. Things like this happen a lot in the world of Web3. The party was both held in a Twitter space, which is basically an audio-only chatroom and you could also visit the online virtual world gallery. This video was the music you could hear in the virtual gallery:
The image I used above to illustrate my poem was created with artificial intelligence (AI) and then I worked a bit on it to add some elements. Now we are seeing AI art generators pop up and the AI text generator ChatGPT being talked about in the news, it’s good to reflect a bit on AI. What does it mean to us? What can it do? I found this TEDx talk from 2016 that explains it beautifully. Enjoy:
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Many people take the opportunity of a new year starting as one to reboot their lives. Well, why not? Still, now that we are a couple of more days into the new year, I think it’s good to remind you that every day is a good day to start again. To me, this energizing poem by Rachel Rossos captures that. Start something new. Notice the inspiration around you and take the opportunity. Every single day is a chance to take the first step on a journey to a new you. Read A Call to Action:
I like travelling. I like travelling by train. I like travelling by train and looking out of the window at the landscape rushing by. There are bound to be stories and inspiration entering your field of view as described in this poem by Internella. Read the poem what lies.
Poetry about (writing) poetry. I can’t get enough of it. And I think it’s great when poets give a bit of insight into how they create art. This poem, by Suzanne Kiera Anthony, is a great example. Poets might look like they’re just staring into the great nothing, but in fact, we are hard at work. Read IN MY HEAD I AM QUITE BUSY: