DeFi Arts Intelligencer - Feb. 1st, 2020

Welcome to the 3rd issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.


For this dispatch:

๐ŸŽจ Digital Art & Collectibles

๐Ÿ•น๏ธ Blockchain Games

โ™ฆ๏ธโ™ฆ๏ธ DeFi News

๐Ÿ“ฐFresh Reads

๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธExtra, Extra

My favorite possessions are now on Ethereum. This week I used OpenSea to buy a few pieces from Jason Baileyโ€™s excellent SuperRare SAMOGAN series, which relies on a generative adversarial network (GAN) trained on Jean-Michel Basquiat and a dash of The Simpsons.

The results have been sublime, and Iโ€™m grateful to have found them; I wouldโ€™ve enjoyed them with no context, so the fact theyโ€™re on Ethereum โ€” and the ensuing possibilities around that โ€” makes them that much more fascinating to me. They seem to stand tall at the threshold of a whole new era of art, in several ways. For instance, as Bailey noted in his โ€œ2020 predictionsโ€ piece listed above:

โ€œIn addition to their concerns over climate change, Millenials/Gen-Zers are also the most technologically fluent generation we have seen. Given their interest and comfort with tech, I believe that the market for generative art โ€” art generally created in code using autonomous, automated systems โ€” will explode in the next two decades.โ€

That means there may already be masterpieces among us โ€ฆ maybe โ€ฆ

SAMOGAN 10 by Jason Bailey

Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!

Keep an ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ out for the 4th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers โœŒ๏ธ


About DeFi Arts Intelligencer

The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor whoโ€™s been tracking the Ethereum and Dai beats in recent years.

Iโ€™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. Iโ€™m not a financial adviser. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.

If you have a DeFi tip or lead, questions or comments, or would be interested in commissioning me for a writing gig, you can ping me at or on Telegram at @wmpeaster.

This particular newsletter is a labor of love, but if you enjoy the work and want to support it, feel free to subscribe, have a like-minded friend subscribe as well, or buy some of my crypto art on OpenSea! Thanks kindly!


โ€œBay Dayโ€ - by me, generative/mixed media