How Blockchain Makes This Possible
Blockchains are public infrastructure that enable digital, verifiable, and immutable transactions to be conducted between authenticated users. They’re a global, agreed-upon source of truth which anyone can read and write to.
When an artist mints their work on Ethereum, they’re deploying a single piece of media which at any time can verifiably show who created it and who currently owns it. It becomes a tradable, digital token (NFT) which the artist can then sell and which collectors can use to prove ownership.
Art that is Programmable
When an artist mints programmable art, they’re instead deploying a set of instructions for how their finished media should be rendered. These instructions can be modified via layer tokens, with abilities like state change, positional movement, or color alteration.
Why Does It Matter?
Digital art is constantly emulating the same capabilities and functions of the physical art world. From custom Photoshop brushes that copy watercolor textures to digital VR galleries that simulate the feeling of viewing a physical work, it’s always following a precedent set by real world constraints.
With the advent of programmable art, digital art now has the capability to surpass that of the traditional. Art can now be shared between multiple owners who dynamically change it across space and time. A whole new dimension has been opened for the digital realm which has never been possible before.
How does Async Art work?
An Async Art piece consists of two token types: the Master and its Layers. Master tokens denote ownership of the entire piece while Layers are what compile to generate the final image.
Take “First Supper” as an example. This is our largest Async Art collaboration with 13 different artists contributing 22 Layers. It’s currently owned across 10 different collectors.
Layer 1 or “Wallpaper” contains the background wallpaper. This has multiple states, all provided by the artist, Shortcut.
Layer 9 (“About Cats and Fingers”) by MLIBTY contains the ceiling and giant finger that the owner can horizontally move and rotate within the artist’s pre-defined constraints to point at any of the guests sitting at the table.
The piece takes on new meaning each time it changes.
An Async Art piece will look completely different weeks, days, or even hours after it’s created. Its owners can be distributed across the globe separated by space and time, all whilst collaborating through a shared language that the original artist has defined for them.