Natively Digital: Oddly Satisfying

Natively Digital: Oddly Satisfying

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Carlos Marcial

The Work of Art as an Algorithmic Aesthetic System

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March 24, 03:28 PM GMT


15,000 - 20,000 EUR

Lot Details


Carlos Marcial

b. 1984

The Work of Art as an Algorithmic Aesthetic System

Non-fungible Token ERC-721

smart contract address: 0x9af831233cf8b534f1e717ff34f9fea225a725fc

token ID: 3

metadata: HTLM Algorithm

Minted in 2023, ed. 1/1.

This artwork was designed to be responsive. This means that it will fit any resolution or aspect ratio.

Interactive work:

The artist.

This piece aims to discuss and expand on the potential of coding as the basis for creating algorithmic systems for artmaking. Instead of putting out there this algorithmic artwork as a series of generative editions, I've decided to maintain the unity of the algorithm and showcase how a 1/1 piece can hold all these almost infinite artistic variations.

Just click on the animation to get a new variation. You can also refresh your web browser to get even more variations. What happens when a 1/1 is infinite? And when the odds of someone else showcasing the same variation of the piece as you are very slim?

In Frieder Nake's words: "[The digital artist] ... is thinking of entire sets of infinities of works, and the invidiual work in an infinity is not interesting, is just one out of a large series."

Carlos Marcial is a Mexico City-born Puerto Rican digital artist who has been involved in crypto art since 2019.

Before becoming one of the first full-time crypto artists in early 2020, Marcial helped found and creatively direct a studio in Toronto, Canada that specialized in design services for blockchain projects and companies. It was at this studio that he first discovered NFTs.

Marcial is currently expanding his artistic practice into algorithmic and generative art. His art likes to discourse about the relationship that digital art has with tech, crypto, and Art History, all from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective.