Thursday Thoughts - 08/31/2023

Here are my Thursday Thoughts, a short list of the most interesting things that I’ve read, heard, and/or watched over the past week.

computer sketch by Stable Diffusion Dream Studio SDXL 1.0

computer sketch by Stable Diffusion Dream Studio SDXL 1.0

This week’s links reveals my recent obsession with generative art. I am fascinated with how computer code and math are able to produce stunning art, like those in the Fidenza and Ringers collections. There’s a serendipity with producing something wonderful in a random environment.

What I Read:

Collecting the Algorithm

This essay does a fantastic job introducing the world of on-chain generative art.

It provides foundational considerations before collecting a piece of art. In the past, I relied solely on how the images looked on my screens. But after reading this piece, I find myself more curious about the artist’s background and inspiration. I look forward to being more immersed in the collection through exploring traits and community.

I love the example given of how the team at Curated approached the Archetype collection by Kjetil Golid. A lot of thought went into choosing which traits and grails to focus on.

What I Minted:

Heart + Craft #3803

heart + craft #3803 heart + craft #3803

Snowfro, the creator of the Chromie Squiggle and founder of Art Blocks, teams up with Jordan Lyall for this new kind of NFT project.

Heart + Craft is an inclusive edition that can be minted as many as a million times. The price is relatively cheap at 0.01 ETH or about $17. The NFT also includes instruction for 3D printing the blocks that make up the heart. This lets you create a physical edition of the digital artwork.

Both Snowfro and Jordan Lyall were on 100 Proof to explain the project.

What I Watched:

Start Learning Here! - The Coding Train

Numerous sources, including platforms like Reddit and ChatGPT, recommend The Coding Train as a starting place for learning generative art. This video tutorial series takes you from having zero coding knowledge to creating artwork with p5.js in no time.

Dan Shiffman, the creator of The Coding Train, does an excellent job breaking down programming concepts. His enthusiasm radiates off the screen.

I found this series was a nice refresher to my previous adventures in web programming.

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