It was of great importance to the designer and artist Christian Etter to create a work of art that is aesthetically engaging in the physical realm as well as fusing the physical and digital realms. The resulting Etter Edition 01 is the unique fusion of a physical art in a symbiotic relationship with a digital NFT. Minting an NFT creates a singular seed that starts the unique algorithm on the microprocessors. The US-manufactured microprocessor combines a surprising high output on a small footprint.
The artwork is a custom-made physical display consisting of ten industrial-grade LED matrixes covered by multiple layers of glass and framed by a custom-made maple-wood frame. The entire frame is designed and manufactured by the designer and artist Christian Etter in his studio in the City of Zurich. The display comes with ten microprocessor slots for loading the algorithm that was developed and programmed by the artist.
In parallel to developing a distributed microprocessor architecture fitting into the narrow space of a wooden frame, Christian Etter developed an algorithm that synchronizes all ten microprocessors CPUs in a decentralized manner. By layering Simplex Noise – a mathematical concept pioneered by Kevin Perlin in 1982 – it generates an intricate landscape of infinitely changing colors. Calculated in real-time, these compositions are the result of the artist’s profound studies of the interplay of colors and the delicate balance of randomness and intention.
The algorithm requires a seed input that is generated by the transaction ID of the NFT on the Cardano blockchain. The token on one hand initializes the algorithm, making each artwork truly unique, while acting as a sign of authenticity and ownership. Therefore, the not only acts as the initiator for the algorithm, but also as a validation instrument immutably secured by the Cardano blockchain.
The digital NFT will give the buyer the certainty of owning the authentic and unaltered algorithm, making the code an integral part of the art work. In essence, the physical display becomes a cold storage facility for the NFT, rendering a beautiful and time-enduring repository.
Therefore, the NFT or token initiates the algorithm, making each art piece absolutely unique. At the same time the NFT holds a hash of the algorithm, acting not only as an initiator for the algorithm but also as a validation instrument immutably and decentrally secured by the Cardano blockchain. The digital NFT therefore will give the buyer the certainty of owning the authentic and unaltered algorithm, therefore making the code an integral part of the art work.
Traditionally an array of several displays would be synchronized by a master-followers-architecture where the master controls the subjected elements. In the case of Etter Edition 01 the ten displays with their microprocessors communicate in a decentralized fashion in order to sync.
In fact, the physical digital display becomes a cold storage facility for the NFT, rendering a beautiful and time-enduring repository. In the future, collectors will have the opportunity to purchase newly created NFTs, actualizing their artwork alongside the progress of Generative Art.
who lives in Zurich is the co-founder of the Museum of Digital Arts in Zurich as well as the creator of several award-winning computer games such as Drei. He created the artwork for the acclaimed book Crypto Nation Switzerland as well as the Swiss Digital Asset Market Report. He is particularly interested in the intersection of data, algorithms and society, mastering not only coding but also the physical manufacturing process.
is an advisor to the Swiss government about blockchain and digital assets in addition to working with international technology companies. He is an acclaimed author and speaker on the subject of blockchain and digital assets as well as a former member of parliament of the City of Zurich. Alexander has authored Crypto Nation Switzerland, an in-depth book on the Swiss Crypto Valley (2019), as well as the Swiss Digital Asset and Wealth Management Report (2021) and the Swiss Digital Asset Market Report (2022).
Each object is carefully hand crafted. We will publish more detailed information as the project evolves.
This hybrid art NFT consists of a digital NFT token as well as a physical frame for uploading the NFT. The NFT is minted at the purchase that in turn creates a seed token for the activation of the algorithm. Therefore each NFT comes with a completely unique and randomized algorithm.
High-resolution LED display, covered by structural glass.
Limited genesis edition of 10 art works with a maximum of 3 artist proofs
Dimension: 569 (width) x 697 (height) x 60 (depth) mm
Materials: Electronics, glass, stainless steel and wood
Weight approximately 12.5kg
Power supply: 220V / 40W
NMRK & Cardano Foundation
The artist will personally handover the art works to buyers in his studio in Zurich. As each piece is individually assembled expect at least an 4 weeks delivery period for the initial 3 artworks.
International shipping on request
For every future resale a copyright fee of 10% shall be used to the team.
An NFT or “non-fungible token” is a digital asset that exists on a blockchain. The digital asset can technically contain all kinds of data - music, video games, photography, animated GIFs or digital art. “Non-fungible” means that the asset is individual and unique, and therefore, no two NFTs can be the same.
We support the Cardano blockchain. In a 2021 interview with Forbes, Hoskinson claimed that Cardano is 1.6 million times more energy-efficient than bitcoin. Cardano is also much faster at processing transactions than Bitcoin or Ethereum 1.0, which is sometimes referred to as Classic Ethereum.
Cardano is a blockchain platform for changemakers, innovators, and visionaries, with the tools and technologies required to create possibilities for the many, as well as the few, and bring about positive global change. For more informations please visit www.cardano.org.
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Each NFT bought can be traded on a secondary marketplace for NFTs supporting the Cardano blockchain. For each sale on a secondary marketplace a 10% royalty fee applies.
The NFT royalty fee gives the original owner of an NFT a percentage of the sale price each time the NFT is sold on a marketplace. The NFT royalty payments are executed automatically by smart contracts.
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Minting is the process of creating a digital asset (NFT) from a predetermined digital file. Your NFT fraction(s) will be minted from the official tokenized piece of exclusive art.
The tokenization is the process of creating a digital asset (token) that represents the ownership of a real-life asset.
Gas fees are the costs for the computing energy required to mint an NFT or transfer funds on the blockchain.
Right after payment confirmation, our mint process will be executed automatically and the transaction will be submitted to the blockchain. At the same time the algorithm of the art piece will be initiated. The physical art piece will be available a few weeks later, as it is custom built.
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