This week I dipped my toes in programmable art, which is digital art that can change appearance as the artwork’s inputs change.
A leading pioneer for programmable art is Async Art
, which interestingly enough is now getting into programmable music
as well. Both concepts revolve around a novel idea: the artwork or song is made up of layers
, and people can purchase those layers separately or buy the whole known as the master
. However, the look or sound of the master is still dependent on what the layer owners choose to input. The number of layers could be many or few, it all depends on the creator. This all probably sounds really confusing, so the best thing you can do is head over to Async Art and check it out for yourself.
Most (maybe all) programmable art is in the form of NFTs. I linked a programmable NFT below in this issue: it’s a digital painting that shows a figure staring out of a window. The master is made up of two layers: one that can change the figure peering out, the other which can change the scenery outside the window. Pretty cool, right?
My theory with programmable art is that people will want to show it off like a physical painting, so companies that sell screens to show off these NFTs will benefit from the adoption (Infinite Objects
is one example). Personally, I would love to own a large-scale programmable NFT that could change depending on the weather, time of day, or even what my friends and family are up to. I don’t think I like the idea of letting strangers (i.e. layer owners) decide how my artwork will look, but I can see the benefit of a community art piece whose community members decide what to show the public. It gives visitors a vibe of the community and who lives there!
That’s it from me this week. Hope everyone stays healthy, and please share this newsletter if you think someone will enjoy it!
All the best,