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Arseny Vesnin (Twitter: @designercollector), founder of Designcollector Network (2003) and curator of the Digital Decade initiatives, exhibitions and online collaborations. Interdisciplinary mediator guiding artists and communicating the future of art. Based in St.Petersburg, Russia.
DC: What was the concept behind “Avatar Portrait series”?
NR: R66 Avatar is my artistic alter ego in the Metaverse. There are two main ideas behind the Cyber Head portrait series. First it’s a dialog of me as an artist with my audience in the most simple medium I have – my digital face. I speak about my ideas, feelings and thoughts using it like artistic “tweets” short and clear. The second idea is making some kind of my personal R66 token minted in the shape of Art. I’m searching for new opportunities to develop the second concept right now 🙂
DC: How in your words the world may change by 2031?
KK: We will have a Crypto Renaissance. The crypto Renaissance will exist in equal distribution of wealth, art, science and humanity. People live like artists, creating value for society through their passion and skills. Self expression and transcendence of archaic ideologies and ignorance. No racism. No nationalism. No religion. No sexism. We become a global culture of collaborators and co-creators. Governments will become a localized service through AI and decentralization. Taxes will no longer exist on the Bitcoin standard.
DC: How much effort does it take you to create a motion piece like “Dread”?
JS: With my work, the music is always the starting point and the main source of inspiration. Initially, I spend time absorbing the audio and exploring different techniques and experimenting. The software I use —Vuo — enables an iterative workflow, where I don’t know the destination or what the final outcome will be at the start, but I discover and uncover the path as I go along. With a number of tricks I can manipulate and control what the visuals are doing in real-time. To produce a video that I can upload, I capture the visuals live and as I don’t work with a timeline I need to repeat the captures until I’m happy.
DC: This work looks really intense. Do we have an escape?
SG: I think the piece visualizes the illusion of escape, the character is walking but never seems to progress from their position, the build up of webbed restraints shows us that now matter how hard they push, there will be more to drag them back into this toxic cycle. This could be interpreted as addiction, or dependency, or even memory
DC: In your works you play a lot with a colourful liquid formation. Does it play a role in depicting a Solaris, collective consciousness? Or is it something else in your meaning?
AM: I love the idea of a collective consciousness. I’m not sure I can one hundred percent say that is what I usually achieve, but I tend to believe that I’m trying to depict feelings that are part of the common experience that is life.
DC: I adore your character’s animation. Can you tell a little bit more about the idea or a concept behind your work?
PF: For my character designs, I love cats and I get inspired a lot from different cat breeds, I pick funny looking ones and I try to recreate them in 3d with smooth geometric shapes, I love 3d modelling. I try to follow design trends very closely.
DC: Do you think humanity will abandon Earth for other planets?
DT: I most definitely think humanity will abandon Earth, it’s more a question of when. I just hope we’ll learn from our mistakes and not destroy everything we touch.
DC: What was the idea behind this work? Is that all about internet censorship or body positivity?
SK: The idea behind this work is non-toxic sexualization of the female body from the female point of view. Loving and accepting and never judging.
Tudisco grew up in Hamburg, Germany — and started getting approached by commercial clients after he published sketches and rough renderings on Facebook a couple of years ago — and says he’s recently recognised a rise in big brands like Balenciaga started incorporating animations in their work.
DC: In your recent work you speak for a future generation. Do you think the world will be more polarised or united? And what role can the next generation (right after Z) play in it?
FC: For a long time, before a union is reached, the world will be polarized by a generation gap. The only thing I’m sure about the role of generation, that Gen-Z will see a couple generations die to hold back and oppose and will make a quantum leap to establish a new world