NFTs: Tools for Art, Advocacy and Activism


New York Metropolis was all about NFTs this week because the third version of NFT.NYC, New York’s non-fungible token convention, passed off. It went off with a bang!

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The occasion has come removed from its humble origins in 2019 and this 12 months’s featured 600 audio system throughout three days and 6 venues all through town. Over the course of the occasion, 15 totally different NFT-themed billboards have been featured in Instances Sq..

On this episode of “Cash Reimagined” Sheila Warren and Michael Casey work out what to make of the overwhelming show of innovation, creativity and speculative fervor that was unleashed with this occasion. To take action, they tapped the insightful thoughts of Sam Ewen, the pinnacle of CoinDesk Studios, who explains what this week’s convention represents and the way the higher phenomenon of NFTs is sweeping by means of society.

The dialogue explored the driving elements behind the power that was on show, and it says concerning the present NFT zeitgeist. The occasion, which attracted 5,500 registered attendees and lots of extra who turned up for the sideline events and leisure, has exploded in dimension since its final exhibiting in February 2020. Again then, the occasion was in only one theater housing a modest gathering of early NFT fans. This 12 months, there have been greater than 600 audio system showing in concurrent programming throughout six venues.

Simply as vital was the huge quantity of promotion underway. There have been a whole bunch of exhibitors with merchandise utilizing NFTs for the whole lot from music rights to wine amassing. In the meantime, many NFT platforms, flush with money from this 12 months’s funding increase, placed on raging events with A-list DJs and bands and spectacular digital artwork installations.

To Ewen, what stood out was the eagerness of the varied NFT communities. He described it as “evangelism,” a pressure that’s serving to to develop this house at as fast a clip as the cash that early buyers are making.

However he additionally highlighted the hurdles, together with the problem of “gasoline charges,” the excessive transaction prices customers incur for buying and selling NFTs, particularly on the Ethereum blockchain.

Both manner, the conclusion from the dialogue is that one thing huge is occurring on this sector, one thing may remodel the digital economic system as we all know it. It’s simply that with issues transferring so quick, it’s very troublesome to foretell what precisely that change will seem like.

This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with bulletins by Adam B. Levine and extra assist by Eleanor Pahl. Our theme tune is “Shepard.”

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