The actor saw the opportunity Irreplaceable tokens Which artists from other countries bet on. The idea is that in an emoji, the mask is worn very badly and is now being auctioned.
How to simply explain this idea?
You can’t, the interview is over, it’s a pleasure…seriously, the background of this pandemic, because we are all experiencing it, but it at least allows us to look at some things that have happened in another way. Phenomenon is regarded as marginal. One example is telecommuting, which is now commonplace. Now most people know the purpose of Skype, Zoom, or Teams icons, which previously seemed to only take up memory space.
The idea here is to straddle two concepts and constantly strive to innovate and update is always a challenge and connect it with the space of emerging technologies. This is the result, my first NFT content.
(NR Non-Fungible Tokens is a technology that allows you to purchase and verify the ownership of digital files. Through the blockchain developed within the Ethereum cryptocurrency system, people and entities can exchange artworks, music files, and texts in their original form. )
Why is this area? Since the vast majority of Portuguese still live outside of this reality, which audience do you want to reach with this idea?
In fact, it is not so strategic, which is also very interesting.
I try to be aware of various sensitivities, but I am not GeeksHowever, in a national team game, a friend told me this in more depth, and I saw an opportunity here.
For me, it’s not just technology, the idea is to produce unique and authentic digital art works, and I even used a concept I’m already developing, namely playing masks.
As far as the public is concerned, to be honest, I hope this idea “escapes” into the physical world and mobile phones. This is a sign of its popularity, and my ordinary audience will celebrate it. But I will not forget to look at this from an innovative point of view. In this sense, I want to contact other people who are already in this field and may not even know me anywhere. I want to buy this work for Concept, not from César Mourão.
I also believe that, just as I have aroused more interest in this digital art space, it will infect other people who have not looked there…
What is the most difficult? Putting it into practice or convincing yourself that it might be a good idea?
Both! As I said, I am not a geek at this point, but fortunately there are people around me who are curious and interested in various topics, and almost formed a mini team to build this project. Putting it into practice actually has a lot to do with the decision to move on and think it’s a good idea, because it wouldn’t happen without the other, especially in such a complicated process.
One thing that worries me is that one cannot open the link where the work is and quote in Euros. You have to create a digital wallet and convert Euros into Ether, a cryptocurrency, and yes, you can bid. But I also know that we are very resistant to change, so someone must start. In this sense, I consider myself a guinea pig!
Now, if you ask me if I know all the steps we took to launch it, if I say yes, then I am lying. It was that friend, another friend in Porto, who had already done this for his band, so it also involved trust and teamwork.
But it’s the same on stage, so there is no difference. But I believe that part of the future of art can pass here, because there is an interesting aspect. The author continues to get a certain percentage from any future transactions, which makes this universe a good space for creativity. So, even if it’s just a look inside, it’s already worth it.
In addition to being the first, what do you think you will gain from it and how it affects your career, whether as an actor or a comedian-if these two things are different…
Now I have won a digital wallet in Etherium. I would say that it allows me to explore other aspects of my creativity outside the stage, which in itself is a kind of liberation. It also allows me to enter the digital “new economy” from now on. When half of the payments are paid by MBWay or ATM, this does not seem to be a stupid idea.
This idea has a hypothetical question: no matter who wants, people can print and keep the artwork, how will they solve this problem? Does the person who got the work have a certificate?
This was the first question I asked myself, and it was very interesting when they explained the concept to me. I think the best way to answer is to use comparison, such as painting. How many copies of the Mona Lisa? Thousands, but this does not detract from the original version in the Louvre. The same is true for paintings by Paula Rego, Picasso, Dali, Júlio Pomar or Almada Negreiros, all of which can be copied, but the originals are indeed valuable. It’s the same here. Of course, you can copy this emoji and save it on your computer or mobile phone, but there is only one original certificate. Whoever buys it can use that NFT in his own games or other virtual scenes…just like a fireplace in the living room Putting a beautiful original painting on top, but the living room here is measured in megabytes instead of meters.
Why are emojis? Why not your picture? photography? Graffiti on napkins in the restaurant…
I had the idea of wearing masks for a while, because it is obvious that many people wear masks badly, but pretend that no one notices, you know? I want to capture that, that moment. Facts have proved that this is a brand in the Covid era for future memory.
But I have other ideas, some are sound, some are video, and the potential here is huge. In the end I decided to use this emoji, precisely because it no longer makes sense after a few months. It is an outdated idea, about to be lost, and I can always return to other people.
I also think that emojis are a good way to enter the new technology paradigm, a bit like going to Tokyo…but I already speak Japanese. It makes it easier for any foreigner who doesn’t know me to buy this work just to make a joke. In this sense, it is a universal language.
Are there any international examples as inspiration?
In fact, the international art market has been living in the same context in recent decades: real works of art are always tangible, because this is the only way to guarantee their rarity.
However, they explained to me that the same technology that allows Bitcoin and cryptocurrency to appear, the famous Blockchain, Now allows you to prove that the digital object is original and unique.
This is a response to the blank, making it possible to guarantee the authenticity of digital works. This introduces into the digital space something that is essential to any market system, which has not existed until now: the concept of singularity…and therefore the concept of scarcity.
If this is still a very arid and niche field in the beginning, then in recent years you have begun to see names like Pharrel, Foo Fighters, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and others produce works of art in NFT records.
I know this feels more like the realm of Banksy or Vhils, but the interesting thing about this phenomenon is that there is no single format, we can all find a space.
What will you do with the raised funds?
First of all, I have to pay for this process because all the people who helped me spend a lot of money. But the idea might include selling the money from the sale in cryptocurrency and using the fact that I went there to see digital art, yes, and funding other future plans. This if it made some… ahahah.
And bet on cryptocurrency? What do you think of them?
I am curious, I know friends who invest, and sometimes I wonder if I should also have an investment portfolio. I think this process has also helped me simplify the world and gain a deeper understanding of some concepts.
I would say that encryption will definitely become part of our near future, not as current currency or standard investment value, but I think they will stay, and I will use this classification to learn more about this field.