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South Australian artist Dave Court opens the first physical exhibition of NFT in Adelaide

Adelaide-based artist Dave Court is the first creative in the southern hemisphere to exhibit a non-fungible token (NFT).

Brick house with light and colour dripping from the eaves as part of an avant-garde art installation has been demolished, but a digital version can still be purchased online.

Adelaide-based artist Dave Court is the first creative in the southern hemisphere to exhibit a non-fungible token (NFT).

A kaleidoscope of colours cover a aging home in the Adelaide Hills at the centre of Arthington’s ‘House Party’ exhibition, which was held from 2020 until last year before it was bulldozed.

Having wanted to do this for quite some time, Mr Court took advantage of the chance to paint a house last year, and then combined it with other ideas I had in the studio. The result of it all is the exhibition now being shown at the gallery.

Art is still alive through physical and digital works in the studios, even if the original is no more.

With the digital works, the original home is recreated through augmented and virtual reality.

With some physical works, a NFT artwork is also included, which can be bought using cryptocurrency.

“[An NFT] helps verify, authenticate, and validate unique digital assets, and what many people are using NFTs for these days is digital artwork,” he said.

Globally, people are attracted to buying and selling NFTs, which are exclusively available online.

It authenticates digital artworks with the help of blockchain technology, which is then used to buy and sell them.

Digital creative concept curator GT Sewell notes that it not only creates new forms of art but also gives artists a method of making money.

According to Mr Sewell, there is a digital renaissance in regards to art and what’s happening there. The technology gives flexibility and opens doors for those who are digital natives.

Patty Chehade, director of Praxis Artspace, said that the show was internationally relevant and local at the same time.

People are increasingly looking for an experience, which is what digital art is providing now, said Ms Chehade.

“Galleries have opportunities to display the works, I don’t think that will ever disappear — people always want to have that experience and not only on a screen.”

“As gallerists, we have to challenge ourselves and rethink the ways in which we can present the works.”

The exhibition was on display until Wednesday, July 23.

Written by IOI

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