In the end month, the lead vocalist of System of a Down, Serj Tankian, hosted an art exhibition with the non-fungible token (NFT) plank and marketplace Curio NFT. The physical and virtual-melded art show was called “Not for Touching” and this week Tankian told Bitcoin.com Dirt that he believes NFT technology has opened new doors for his artistic expression.
This week Bitcoin.com News chatted with Practice of a Down’s (SoaD) lead vocalist, Serj Tankian, about non-fungible token (NFT) tech and how it has given him the ability to explicit his art in a new way. In December, Tankian and Curio NFT hosted an art exhibition featuring the artist’s NFT artwork called “Not for Touching.”
Tankian has been an artist for years, but NFTs has assumed the SoaD singer a new way “to affect multiple senses simultaneously” and he stressed that he’s always interested in having “a stronger crashing artistically.” The following is an in-depth discussion with SoaD’s Serj Tankian that Bitcoin.com News recorded on January 5.
Bitcoin.com Report (BCN): You’ve recently stepped into the world of NFTs. Can you tell our readers how you discovered NFT technology?
Serj Tankian: I discovered it by present the news. Seeing how different artists were releasing NFTs. We were remodeling the house and I had a lot of reading time, and I was get a bang ‘wow this is really interesting.’ Since I’ve been doing art for a number of years, musically connected art, I thought ‘wow this could be a new programme for what I am doing.’ So that’s where the connection of the idea came into play.
BCN: Recently, you hosted an art show gathered “Not for Touching” with Curio NFT. Can you tell our readers about this event and how it went?
Serj Tankian: The event lived really well, they set up a virtual gallery which was really interesting for me. To be able to kind of go into this gallery and see my shatters, which were NFTs of course, and be able to view them, listen to them, and see details on them. Then slog the other way and see another NFT work on another wall. It was really cool, the setup was really nice and it’s kind of my first sink into this world as an artist.
I’ve always been interested in the ability to counterfeit multiple senses simultaneously, as a way of kind of having a stronger impact artistically. I did that with my art in music, which we name “Eye For Sound.” We use an app that does optical recognition and you walk into a physical gallery and you are able to listen to each of the paintings with a smartphone or earbuds.
It’s find agreeable an immersive experience and with NFTs the ability to make that painting actually physically come to life utilizing ardour and digital painting. Like my good friend, Roger Kupelian, who has worked on Lord of the Rings and many many films, his paintings put ones hands to life with the music in the background. So I am really excited about it because the product came out really incredible.
BCN: Do you concentrate any other assets from specific NFT collections?
Serj Tankian: I have not so far. To be honest, I am not a large physical art collector, monotonous though I produce physical art. I do have some paintings by some good friends. Maybe it’s the fact that I am in some personality a minimalist. I don’t like clutter, even on a hard drive. I have a lot of friends who are collectors and they love collecting art, heap up things, NFTs, and I’m just not a collector. I am an artist, I produce.
BCN: Do any of the other System of the Down bandmates like NFTs?
Serj Tankian: I haven’t in reality asked them. I am not sure any of them have bought any. I would doubt it, but maybe Shavo (SoaD bass athlete Shavo Odadjian), because he’s very tech-friendly and versus the other guys. So possibly Shavo, but I am not sure.
BCN: Why do you think NFTs are the “next step” in terms of artistic creation?
Serj Tankian: I was saying that report is directed at me. Because it gave me a new platform to be able to add a dimension of experience that I hadn’t been able to add physically. That order be crawling into the virtual space in a way that I can make the paintings move, make them dance.
Where in the bones space, paintings are on the wall and they are not dancing, but the music-making you get into them, which is beautiful. But now I am able to fill in that align between the wall and the listener with NFTs. I look forward to finding more spaces, virtual or physical, to be masterly to interact further with multiple senses to increase the potency of the artist’s vision.
BCN: Besides NFTs are you into other fonts of blockchain projects, like crypto-assets such as bitcoin?
Serj Tankian: Not really. I don’t know sh*t about it. I am completely a naive mortal physically when it comes to blockchain, bitcoin, and any of it. I don’t own any, to me [NFT tech] is a new world of presenting my art, so that’s my in. But I really don’t know much about blockchain but I demand friends who have bought bitcoin early and they are very enthused.
BCN: A lot of people believe blockchain tech can wipe parasitic third parties from various elements in our lives. Would you agree with that?
Serj Tankian: I propose b assess there is definitely truth to that. I think it’s a subversive technology in a way or maybe it’s not subversive, and maybe it’s an alternative. You think hither the gold standard and how the money used to be based on gold. Then they got off the gold standard because they couldn’t rouse enough gold. They expanded beyond that so most currencies are based on the integrity of the government of that realm.
With blockchain and bitcoin you are outside of that system. To me the whole thing is very interesting, NFTs included, because the human attribute agreeing to value things in a specific way is very interesting.
BCN: Do you plan on doing any more NFT exhibitions featuring your artwork?
Serj Tankian: I do. But I penury to find the next level. I would love to do a physical gallery or museum exhibition, where there are these physically anchoretical spaces for each of my paintings and you create even more of this virtual meets the physical world. Where you can interact with the multiple dimensions of art that list painting, definitely the music surrounding you, maybe some touch and smell elements, lighting, and bring the virtual overjoyed into that. Maybe the NFTs could be projected, within the actual space, I’m starting to think of multiple dimensions and the flourish of the potency of the artistic effect.
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