When we first used the term “programmable art” to describe Async artwork, what we envisioned was art that continued to “evolve” over time. A finished piece does not have to look the same as when the artist declares it done, but continues to shift and change depending on what the new owner decides.
Well, now we’ve introduced a second type: Programmable artwork that automatically changes according to external events. We will start to refer to it as “autonomous art” moving forward.
TXU.TOTEM by TXU_AIR
For this collaboration piece between @BlackBoxDotArt, @XCOPY, ilan katin, OficinasTK, @MattiaC, and Serste, the background Layer is programmed to randomly switch to a different state each day around 6:00 AM UTC and 6:00 PM UTC respectively.
There are 4 different daytime background states and 4 different nighttime background states that the script randomly chooses to display each day. Because TXU.TOTEM is a collaborative piece with the intent of giving its owners a feeling of contributing to something greater, it seems fitting to have an ever shifting background that will give different moods to the combination that the Layers’ owners create.
Learn more about the piece from the artists themselves here.
Day/Night by Rutger van der Tas
Our second piece showcasing the change between day and night time is @rutgervandertas “Day/Night”. This piece also has a daytime vs nighttime background Layer controlled by script. However, the exact moment of changing from day to night and vice versa can be controlled by the owner of “Day/Night Coordinates.”
The owner of that Layer gets to input an exact longitude and latitude and the script encoded within the piece will detect and change the piece from day to night (and vice versa) when it is 6AM and 6PM in that exact location.
Currently, the artist has set the Day/Night coordinates to Sutter’s Mill, the first location which kicked off the famous California Gold Rush of 1848. Quite fitting considering the current speculative environment many cryptoart and crypto-enthusiasts find themselves in. When a new owner comes to own “Day/Night Coordinates”, they will inherit the ability to designate a new location.
For the other 6 Layers in this colorful piece, they will automatically change their visual appearance based on whether it is day or night time. The whimsical heads and figures can scale to different sizes as well as move around the canvas according to the Layer owner’s inputs.
Put aptly by the artist himself, the movement of a Layer that an owner can control is severely limited during daytime to represent how little resources we have because of our “daily routine”. As the sun sets and night time begins, it also signals the precious few hours we have to ourselves to do as we see fit. Consequently, the Layers’ movements that were so limited during the day, can now roam freely across the screen as far as the owner wishes.
Learn more about the different features and visual looks of Day/Night here. The Master as well as the 6 controllable Layers will be going up for sale on Sunday. Check our schedule below for more details.
Dictatorship by AlottaMoney
One of our latest pieces that has been teased for weeks now is @AlottaMoney’s “Dictatorship”. If we are to say there are alotta elements and possible states in this piece… it’ll not only be a lame pun but also a gross understatement. “Dictatorship” on surface level contains only two Layers. But there are more than 60 possible state changes and elements jam-packed within, and an infinite amount of combinations.
From the sky to the characters, from the propaganda posters to the vehicles passing by, this piece acts as a window to a living and breathing world of Alotta Money’s design. Divulging more details on what awaits you in this alternative universe would just ruin the experience.
Instead, we encourage folks to keep checking the piece either in our gallery or our #canvas channel in Discord. There will be daily autonomous changes as well as unpredictable, impromptu artist controlled changes for the weeks and months ahead.
The Master for this piece will be the only piece available for collecting, its auction ending on Sunday this weekend.
The Tribe by Pak
And finally, we have the first Async piece by artist Pak, known for his Rubik's series, called “The Tribe” coming soon to our Async gallery. This is an intricate and yet mysterious piece.
The Tribe, with 28 public and 4 private tokens, has a total combination of 1,228,981,098,042,768,752,640 possible states. For reference, it would take 389.4 billion centuries to view all of them, if we were to switch to a new state each second. In the meantime, here is one possible state to ponder the possibilities:
Rutger’s “Day/Night”, AlottaMoney’s “Dictatorship”, and Pak’s “The Tribe” will all be auctioned off this weekend. Follow us on Twitter or Discord for real-time updates:
- Async Team