Mint your own NFT at Basel Miami Beach

Saturday 27th November, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*With no less a man than Mario Klingemann.

At this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, visitors can dip their toes into the mysterious world of cryptoart and create NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) of their own. The German artist Mario Klingemann, aka Quasimondo, will generate AI portraits of fairgoers who can then use the open-source blockchain Tezos to mint NFTs of their digital artworks. The interactive experience is among the many highlights of the futuristic exhibition, ‘Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art,’ held in the Miami Beach convention center during this year’s Art Basel fair and spotlighting the Tezos blockchain. Featuring generative and internet artists who are pushing the boundaries of digital art, the immersive show is accompanied by a fascinating series of talks featuring leading NFT artists and experts from the community.

The exhibition comes at an important juncture for the industry. While there has been a recent explosion of interest in the NFT art market, blockchain technology has also come under fire for contributing to global warming. The energy-efficient blockchain platform Tezos, however, is aiming to change the equation. …