It all started out as sharing location-specific alternate reality notes with his fiance during her daily walks. Fabin Rasheed, a creative technologist with a passion for creating tools to make it easier for creatives to make works on augmented reality and other platforms, wanted to take it a step further.
How can we connect people together at a time when everyone is physically separated from each other?
"Pilgrimage" is a location-based artwork which consists of 9 unique 3D models that will be minted into NFTs. The NFTs can be acquired for free by travelling to 9 cultural hubs across the world. The Async Master is currently being auctioned and will be bundled with 1 Async Layer containing all models.
“I told myself that if I can’t travel around the world right now, at least my artwork will,” says /nuercas (Fabin Rasheed).
Symbolic of our own exponential technological advancements, Pilgrimage tells the story of an ancient civilization of beings called the M (pronounced “mmm”) who created humans as a technology to help with their work on Earth. After inventing technology that allows them to travel to the 4th dimension, the M’s migrated away and left humans on Earth to their own devices.
Remnants of the M’s can still be found on Earth. Not only are they similar in look to humans, they’re sage arbiters of the past looking to guide our civilization into the future. Participants of this AR-location based NFT are literally partaking in a physical and spiritual pilgrimage to learn about our past as we grow into an inevitable future of blockchain technology, self-driving cars, and automated artificial intelligence. Maybe someday we too will migrate to another dimension, leaving machines, created in our likeness, to their own devices.
Global owners of the 9 unique 3D models will collectively respond to each other and influence a single Master and Layer currently available for bidding on Async Art, a representation of togetherness and collaboration in a time of isolation.
Once all 9 NFTs are collected, the artist will be ready to announce the end time for his Async art auction.
We’ve written about community-oriented DAO-inspired artwork before. Pilgrimage is yet another example of how programmable art can bring connectivity and community across borders. It is an effective symbol for how we’ve taken our past and built it into our future and we hope that you enjoy.
As we leave you with our last parting thought: In what ways have you felt connected to a community during the global Covid-19 pandemic?
- Async Team