🖖👽 - 05 - Five things to be grateful for...
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That time of the year again...
That last few weeks before a new year...
For some, it is a joyous and bountiful season filled with family and celebration.
For others, it is lonely and challenging, and depressing AF.
I get it.
I've experienced both ends of this spectrum during my life.
Most importantly, through my varied experiences, I've learned that this time of the year brings an opportunity to observe and reflect...
Even if things are lonely and not going great, there is still so much to be grateful for…
Okay, so… If you can…
Take a moment to remind yourself of five things you are grateful for...
It can be simple stuff… like, “today I am grateful I didn’t sh*t my pants…yet…”
For me, it’s that, and...
Community, the one we are building here, and the new communities I find each day.
Work, the ability to use my time and talents to make a living doing what I love.
Creation, the fact that if I can dream it, I can do it as long as I put my mind to it.
Knowledge, access to all the world's information through a simple Internet connection.
Breath, I am alive! The fact I am alive (i think) is a miracle beyond comprehension. Even if we live in a simulation, I’m still stoked to believe I am “alive.”
Okay, obligatory post-woke empathetic seasonal gratitude message out of the way…
Our community is so insanely cool.
A newsletter, a few podcasts, a magazine, group shows, collaborations, NFT drops, murals, educational programming, new frens, and a knowledge base for all to use to accelerate their practice.
We are really doing it…
If you recall our onboarding in April, we stated our goal for 2021 -- 1,000 members.
And we are damn close…
So, I guess, in addition to grattitude, remind yourself of your goals this week...
What do you want to build in the coming weeks, months, and years?
How will you do it?
Write it down.
Make a plan.
You can do it if you go and f*cking do it.
- Matty Mo
This week we offer another fantastic round-up of excellent links from web3 and art curated by our community of practicing artists.
If you find something cool this week, visit our discord and contribute a link to the form in the “#art-brew” channel.
Let’s get into it.
🎨 Art News
Art in Color for the Color-Blind
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona hosts a one-of-a-kind opportunity to people with color-blindness -- to view art specifically made for them, all through the use of scientifically engineered EnChroma eyeglasses.
The Coexistence of Beauty and Evocations of Race and Power
Brooklyn’s Welancora Gallery hosts “Behold,” featuring five artists whose work weaves artistic, racial, and historical concerns into a braid of creative exploration. But is the braid a beautiful twist on aesthetics or a knot of tension, both personal and political? Read more to decide on this innovative and poignant show.
The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized: African Artists in Groundbreaking New NFT Exhibit The barrier to entry into the NFT space is higher for African artists than their Western counterparts. With rising and often prohibitive minting fees dollar denominated against weaker African currencies, the absence of African artists in NFT space is palpable and widespread. Nigeria's contemporary art fair Art X Lagos brings African artists into the limelight where they belong.
Fast Fact: As of October 2021, crypto in Nigeria is thriving despite official disapproval.
💎 Web3 News
Coinbase Enters the NFT Platform Competition
The waitlist is open for Coinbase’s own NFT platform, which could change the game for NFT sales and wallet connectivity for creatives and collectors everywhere. As the de facto on-ramp for most retail crypto investors, Coinbase is well-positioned to give other peer-to-peer marketplaces a run for their money.
NFT Platform Hic et Nunc Disappears (& Returns)
When the popular Tezos marketplace went dark (paywall), panic among users that they had lost everything shows how many don’t understand how NFTs work. As Hic et Nunc returns in its new form and transitions to a DAO, will it come back stronger or dampen confidence in its functionality?
Fast fact: Hic et Nunc is latin for “here and now.”
DAO Misses Goal But Keeps a Strong Constitution
While ConstitutionDAO is forced to concede its quest to crowdfund/DAOfund the purchase of a copy of the US Constitution, the power and precedent set by the project for future organizations spell opportunity. As the DAO grapples with refunds and reorganization, what does this mean for future collaborative purchases, both DeFi and CeFi?
The Farm’s For Sale -- Bacon Protocol offers first “NFT mortgages”
With CeFi devotees convinced crypto won’t spell the future of real estate until pigs fly, a new player oinks its first deal: seven mortgages freshly minted as NFTs by Bacon Protocol, offering cutting-edge options in the residential mortgage market. Will a decentralised mortgage landscape open up greater opportunities for those looking to buy?
Editor’s Note: We spoke with The Cheese from the famous nursery rhyme “The Farmer in the Dell,” who expressed his dissatisfaction for historical trends remarking, “I’m sick of standing alone.”
👋 Community Events
Does expensive art = poop = cheap art?
TMFA Community member @IWillKungFuYou interviews Japanese artist SpookySoco on his first NFT drop on the Cardano blockchain, connecting art and poop! to humanize art for all. Read for more info on the early adoption within the context of this unique collaboration.
You’re Invited! TMFA Community members needed for an animation project
TMFA Community member Zaz#5809 launches a new iterative art project where sequenced line drawings are connected and animated into a seamless consolidated video. Transitioning from one unique line drawing to the next, this project highlights how the composition of line vs. void transforms through time. In an effort to include over 800 TMFA members, ZAZ needs you! so click here for instructions and to submit your work.
🔥 Notable Tweets
Brian Feroldi @BrianFeroldiI asked, “What are the best resources for understanding Web 3.0?” I received 73 AMAZING answers. These 10 FREE resources will get you up to speed fast:
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