BPI PRESENTS ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS

Curators
Curators
Chris Fussner

The founder of Tropical Futures Institute, a multi disciplinary think tank and studio based in Cebu. The gallery’s program focuses on cultural research and production in the tropics. This Filipino-American designer continues to look towards new ideas, models, practices, and communications.

Tropical Futures Institute participates in art fairs and contemporary art events such as Art Dubai, SEA Focus, and Art Fair Philippines.

Curators
Colin Goltra

A Filipino-American technologist and financier based in Metro Manila and current Director of Southeast Asia at Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency platform. An avid collector of NFT-based crypto art, he co-founded Narra Gallery, a virtual gallery space and cultural capital fund meant to help bridge the divide between the Philippines and the crypto world. He runs Speculations, a well-followed crypto newsletter.

His thoughts on the crypto art movement have also been featured globally in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine, as well as numerous other crypto and NFT ecosystem publications.

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Gabby Dizon

An entrepreneur in the technology space for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of Altitude Games and Yield Guild Games and has been active in the NFT space since 2018. Gabby is also the co-owner of Narra Gallery, a metaverse art gallery and cultural capital fund.

Curatorial Statement

Welcome to the Metaverse is about spreading awareness regarding digital art and design, mainly what is happening with art in relation to cryptocurrency and the NFT space at this moment in time. We believe that this is a watershed moment for digital creative work. We see a continued meshing of digital and non-digital value systems. Curated by Chris Fussner of Tropical Futures Institute, and Gabby Dizon and Colin Goltra of Narra Gallery with support from Art Fair Philippines. The program includes a series of conversations and presentations exploring different aspects of the cryptoart space from anecdotal artist stories, early blockchain art history, and virtual tours of cryptoart galleries.

At this very moment, Runescape digital gold farmers in Venezuela are feeding their families by selling gold on third-party websites for bitcoin. Anonymous digital artists on remote islands of the Philippine archipelago promote their artworks on private Discord chatrooms and exhibit them in virtual worlds where collectors purchase them with ethereum on decentralized and permissionless marketplaces. A bedroom cryptocurrency trader can deposit their digital currencies into a permissionless digital bank that is yielding him 10% per annum, and they're able to take a collateralized flash loan against their deposit which he then uses to buy a new car for their family. These three scenarios, among many others, read like they are out of a near-future science fiction novel, but they're happening today, and they will be more commonplace in the future as the internet continues to evolve.

When this NFT bubble has popped or somewhat deflated, we look towards a new paradigm in the digital economy. As smartphone proliferation continues and last-mile data becomes cheaper, we will continue to see more people come online. This NFT moment might extend beyond what we all see, read, purchase, trade, and sell; NFTs are leading us into the next stage of the internet, web3.



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