Welcome to the 13th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
A round of applause for virtual world CryptoVoxels, which just completed its final Origin City land auctions 🎈 Origin City parcel sales will now only be P2P, though additional island territories may be coming later …
Art platform KnownOrigin notched its 2nd birthday 🎂 Congrats on all the KO team and community have accomplished so quickly!
Artist Trevor Jones and KnownOrigin have a new collaboration. On April 21st, a private virtual preview event and ensuing live auction around Jones’s exhibition “Bulls & Bears” kicks off the opening of KnownOrigin’s art gallery in Cryptovoxels. The exhibition goes public on April 22nd.
Scalar Capital co-founder Linda Xie noted the possibility of DAOs voting on the layer attributes of programmable pieces from Async Art.
Osinachi’s Async Art debut, “Choose the Man You Will Become,” sold out. The masterwork’s final available layer piece, “27th Man,” was bought by collector Shayne Coplan for 1.4 ETH …
The 1st collaboration piece between Coldie and Hackatao, “UAP - Unidentified Art Phenomenon,” was released on SuperRare …
There were some major estate sales in Decentraland this week: Estate ID 5 sold for 440,000 MANA ($11,800), Estate ID 1747 sold for 1.33 million MANA ($35,600), and Estate ID 134 sold for 1.37 million MANA ($36,350).
Decentraland charted the next steps toward the project’s coming DAO.
The CryptoMotors team unveiled PixelChain, a dapp for creating on-chain pixel art on Ethereum.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
The Gods Unchained team started a new Q&A series aimed at profiling notable GU players who have turned profits from the game’s play-to-earn dynamics.
Axie Infinity has had some big sales in recent weeks …
Ethereum-powered gaming platform project The Sandbox partnered with SkyPeople, the Korean firm behind the popular “Final Blade” RPG.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Several mainstream Chicago-based trading firms have teamed up with decentralized finance projects like Compound in the collaborative Chicago DeFi Alliance (CDA) group.
Reddit is working on a “Community Points” system built on Ethereum.
Automated asset rebalancer project Set Protocol saw a new daily purchase record of $2 million worth of Sets on April 8th.
Unisocks, limited-edition socks created by the team behind the decentralized exchange Uniswap, remain popular …
Is the time of personal token agents, who scout and invest in talent in Ethereum’s rising social money scene, nearing? Alex Masmejean, who just launched an $ALEX token offering to raise $20,000, thinks it’s possible.
“NFTs Will Introduce Crypto to the Mainstream” - Andrew Steinwold
“How to Create a Bankless DAO” - Bankless
“Top 10 Use Cases and Benefits of the Dai Stablecoin” - MakerDAO
“19th Man” - matthew.cent.eth
“Erasure Thesis” - Joel Monegro
“Art on Ethereum: a Begginer’s Guide to Cryptoart” - moi, guest post on defiprime
“nft42 Projects, Avastar updates, and how it all ties together” - TokenSmart Podcast
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 14th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️
About DeFi Arts Intelligencer
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and Dai beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.
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