Last month, the lead vocalist of System of a Down, Serj Tankian, hosted an artwork exhibition with the non-fungible token (NFT) platform and market Curio NFT. The bodily and virtual-melded artwork present was known as “Not for Touching” and this week Tankian instructed Bitcoin.com News that he believes NFT expertise has opened new doorways for his inventive expression.
This week Bitcoin.com News chatted with System of a Down’s (SoaD) lead vocalist, Serj Tankian, about non-fungible token (NFT) tech and the way it has given him the flexibility to precise his artwork in a new means. In December, Tankian and Curio NFT hosted an artwork exhibition that includes the artist’s NFT paintings known as “Not for Touching.”
Tankian has been an artist for years, however NFTs has given the SoaD singer a new means “to affect multiple senses simultaneously” and he confused that he’s at all times fascinated with having “a stronger impact artistically.” The following is an in-depth dialogue with SoaD’s Serj Tankian that Bitcoin.com News recorded on January 5.
Bitcoin.com News (BCN): You’ve not too long ago stepped into the world of NFTs. Can you inform our readers the way you found NFT expertise?
Serj Tankian: I found it by studying the information. Seeing how completely different artists have been releasing NFTs. We have been transforming the home and I had a lot of studying time, and I used to be like ‘wow this is really interesting.’ Since I’ve been doing artwork for a quantity of years, musically linked artwork, I believed ‘wow this could be a new platform for what I am doing.’ So that’s the place the connection of the concept got here into play.
BCN: Recently, you hosted an artwork present known as “Not for Touching” with Curio NFT. Can you inform our readers about this occasion and the way it went?
Serj Tankian: The occasion went very well, they arrange a digital gallery which was actually fascinating for me. To be capable of type of go into this gallery and see my items, which have been NFTs of course, and be capable of view them, hearken to them, and see particulars on them. Then stroll the opposite means and see one other NFT work on one other wall. It was actually cool, the setup was very nice and it’s type of my first dive into this world as an artist.
I’ve at all times been within the potential to have an effect on a number of senses concurrently, as a means of type of having a stronger impression artistically. I did that with my artwork in music, which we name “Eye For Sound.” We use an app that does optical recognition and also you stroll into a bodily gallery and you’ll be able to hear to every of the work with a smartphone or earbuds.
It’s like an immersive expertise and with NFTs the flexibility to make that portray truly bodily come to life using animation and digital portray. Like my good buddy, Roger Kupelian, who has labored on Lord of the Rings and lots of many movies, his work come to life with the music within the background. So I’m actually enthusiastic about it as a result of the product got here out actually unimaginable.
BCN: Do you accumulate every other belongings from particular NFT collections?
Serj Tankian: I’ve not to this point. To be sincere, I’m not a giant bodily artwork collector, although I produce bodily artwork. I do have some work by some good mates. Maybe it’s the truth that I’m in some methods a minimalist. I don’t like litter, even on a laborious drive. I’ve a lot of mates who’re collectors and so they love gathering artwork, gathering issues, NFTs, and I’m simply not a collector. I’m an artist, I produce.
BCN: Do any of the opposite System of the Down bandmates like NFTs?
Serj Tankian: I haven’t truly requested them. I’m not certain any of them have purchased any. I’d doubt it, however perhaps Shavo (SoaD bass participant Shavo Odadjian), as a result of he’s very tech-friendly and versus the opposite guys. So probably Shavo, however I’m not certain.
BCN: Why do you suppose NFTs are the “next step” in phrases of inventive creation?
Serj Tankian: I used to be saying that assertion is directed at me. Because it gave me a new platform to have the ability to add a dimension of expertise that I hadn’t been ready so as to add bodily. That can be crawling into the digital house in a means that I could make the work transfer, make them dance.
Where within the bodily house, work are on the wall and they aren’t dancing, however the music-making you get into them, which is gorgeous. But now I’m able to fill in that house between the wall and the listener with NFTs. I anticipate finding extra areas, digital or bodily, to have the ability to work together additional with a number of senses to extend the efficiency of the artist’s imaginative and prescient.
BCN: Besides NFTs are you into different sorts of blockchain tasks, like crypto-assets resembling bitcoin?
Serj Tankian: Not actually. I don’t know sh*t about it. I’m utterly a naive particular person in terms of blockchain, bitcoin, and any of it. I don’t personal any, to me [NFT tech] is a new world of presenting my artwork, in order that’s my in. But I actually don’t know a lot about blockchain however I’ve mates who’ve purchased bitcoin early and they’re very enthused.
BCN: Loads of individuals consider blockchain tech can take away parasitic third events from numerous components in our lives. Would you agree with that?
Serj Tankian: I feel there’s undoubtedly fact to that. I feel it’s a subversive expertise in a means or perhaps it’s not subversive, and perhaps it’s another. You take into consideration the gold customary and the way the cash was once primarily based on gold. Then they obtained off the gold customary as a result of they couldn’t discover sufficient gold. They expanded past that so most currencies are primarily based on the integrity of the federal government of that nation.
With blockchain and bitcoin you’re exterior of that system. To me the entire thing may be very fascinating, NFTs included, as a result of the human character agreeing to worth issues in a particular means may be very fascinating.
BCN: Do you propose on doing any extra NFT exhibitions that includes your paintings?
Serj Tankian: I do. But I need to discover the subsequent degree. I’d like to do a bodily gallery or museum exhibition, the place there are these bodily remoted areas for every of my work and also you create much more of this digital meets the bodily world. Where you’ll be able to work together with the a number of dimensions of artwork that embrace portray, undoubtedly the music surrounding you, perhaps some contact and odor components, lighting, and produce the digital world into that. Maybe the NFTs might be projected, throughout the precise house, I’m beginning to suppose of a number of dimensions and the rise of the efficiency of the inventive impact.
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