“Life in Our Minds” by Random International & Danil Krivoruchko
Pace Verso and OG.Art launch a new generation NFT project by the experimental art collective Random International and digital artist Danil Krivoruchko. Her new project, titled Life in Our Minds, brings together contemporary art and crypto worlds, integrating breakthrough technologies that encourage buyers to get actively involved in the formal development of the NFTs to make them rarer. designboom conducted an interview with Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, the founders of Random International, to discuss the new NFT project and the emerging technologies that fascinate them, while referring to previous projects (like e.g rain room) related to today’s crypto empire.
The two-part project includes a animated NFT collection and a corresponding interactive video sculpture titled “Mother Flock” comprised of the individual NFTs to be unveiled later this year. “Life in our mind” is a very basic form, an extension and another iteration of our “swarm study” in which we have experimented, researched and created different ways to engage with collective behavior. Swarming behavior is not species specific, but has the fascination that many very simple individual movements, when done together in a specific way and according to a very simple set of specific rules, produce an almost imaginary or sentient counterpart. It is an organism behaviorally greater than the number of its parts. Suddenly it seems like an intentional being, even though it’s made up of many small, mindless parts. This is something we have explored in terms of light, kinetics and other incarnations. AAt some point we started to explore that we needed to algorithmically simulate such collective behavior. Then there was the opportunity to experiment with ways to digitally translate algorithmic behavior. We almost took the real world out of the different installation works to return to the natural habitat of the algorithm, namely the digital space. We were and are very interested in bringing some democratizing elements here. We realized that the idea of the NFT space was really appealing and we thought we could create a large scale sculpture in some sort of public space. shares Hannes Koch with designboom.
“Conceptually, we see an emerging public space that is virtual as the metaverse progresses. It’s a third type of public space. We think that public art in this space can also be publicly owned and distributed. What we find really interesting is that everyone contributes together, or has the ability and opportunity to contribute, to a large scale publicly owned artwork that is then transcended into something much larger that begins to have a life of its own. And that means life exists inside our heads, hence the project’s title. It is a distributed form of ownership, consumption and also creation that we are trying to experiment with in its infancy. There is something very unique about this room that was not possible in the physical world. It’s the kind of boundaries of NFT space that are interesting for us to actually do things that we couldn’t do in the real world, and we find that very intriguing.”
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art
‘Life in Our Minds’, a constantly evolving nft
Pace Verso, Pace Gallery’s Web3 hub, and Snark.art’s OG.Art NFT platform launch a new generative NFT project from Random International (see more here) and Danil Krivoruchko (more here), co-creator of the NFT project OG: Crystals. “Life in Our Minds” NFT consists of a small group of boids that take the form of 3D bird-like origami objects. The visual features are first generated and then evolve depending on the content of each owner’s digital wallet. Based on continuous evolution, the longer collectors keep the NFT, the rarer and more delicate the formal features become. These include an increase in boids or a change in their formation and decorative patterns. Evolution mechanics engage owners with active participation to shape the artwork as it changes. This encourages long-term ownership of the NFTs in an attempt to reverse typical behaviors in the crypto market, including speculation and flipping.
“Life in Our Minds has worked with Flamingo DAO, Pleasr DAO, Fingerprints DAO, PROOFCollective and Tom Sachs Rocket Factory, Moonbirds, Outland, Pace Verso, OG:Crystals, Ksoids and 89 Seconds Atomized to offer custom evolutionary traits only available to humans possessing NFTs associated with these partners. Additional custom Evolution patterns that holders of other NFT collections can achieve will be announced here.’
The project NFTs are part of a continuously evolving virtual sculpture “Mother Flock” that represents the formal transformations of the individual NFTs. “The visual characteristics of the Mother Flock are influenced by the behavior of its components, bringing ideas about the power of both collective and individual action to the forefront of the project.” A web version of this will be freely accessible on the OG.Art platform. Dedicated to scientific research focused on the psychology and behavior of humans and birds, Life in Our Minds emerges as one of the most collaborative, technologically innovative NFT projects to date. “Life in our Minds continues our exploration of the human tendency to attribute character, intent and narrative to the complex behavior of simple moving forms, and the subconscious instincts and emotional triggers that lead us to do so.” shares the duo.
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art | herd desert
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art