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BEYOND PROVENANCE: SPECULATIVE $BLACK FUTURES ON THE BLOCKCHAIN

GALLERY GUIDE


ABOUT ONE/OFF Mission: ONE / OFF exists to liberate the Black imagination through digital art and technology so that the distinctiveness of Black creative expression is embraced and valued for its transformative cultural contributions. Our vision is to empower the global Black community to imagine their culture and ideas in the future supported by technology that enables them to retain ownership and creative control of their own culture. Developing a Black Arts + Culture Ecosystem on the Blockchain: • Providing resources and digital exhibition space for artists through our Black Art District initiative • Cultivating a new generation of art enthusiasts that see the value in adding Crypto Art to their collections • Partnering with Black curators and archivists to showcase the contribution of Black artists to the Crypto Art Movement and preserve their legacy for future generations Developing Market Analysis for the Black Arts Economy on the Blockchain: • Created a database of transactions for Black Artists in the space to gain insights into trends and opportunities to capture value in this niche market • Leveraging insights from the database to build the largest collection of Black Crypto Art on the Blockchain • Advising artists on strategies to grow and sustain the value of their market


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Black culture and creativity combined with crypto is a powerful force that can reshape how mainstream consumers identify and communicate value online. As Black celebrities, athletes, and influencers recognize the outsized returns they can gain from harnessing these new platforms while providing avenues for those returns to benefit Black communities, we could see the birth of a Black Digital Renaissance. – Cuy Sheffield, Black Crypto Art Collector CLICK IMAGE TO LEARN MORE


TABLE OF CONTENTS SHOW OVERVIEW....................................................................................................... 1 INSTRUCTIONS ON NAVIGATION............................................................................ 2 AFROFUTURISIM........................................................................................................ 3 AFROESOTERECISM................................................................................................... 4 AFROSURREALISM..................................................................................................... 5 BLACK POPULAR CULTURE...................................................................................... 6 BLACK FIGURATIVE ART........................................................................................... 7 LIST OF BLACK ARTISTS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN................................................... 8 RESOURCE GUIDES.................................................................................................... 9


BEYOND PROVENANCE: SPECUL ATIVE $BL ACK FUTURES ON THE BLOCKCHAIN ONE / OFF welcomes you to the largest exhibition of work from Black artists on the blockchain. International in scope, the show features artists from across the African diaspora representing South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. All works are sourced from several crypto art marketplaces including: Known Origin, Async Art, Super Rare, Makers Place, Rariable, Open Sea and NFT Showroom. The curatorial themes — AfroFuturism, AfroEsotericism,AfroSurrealism, Black Popular Culture, and Black Figurative Artwork are a nod to the Center for Black Visual Culture at, NYU, led by, Dr. Deborah Willis. Through this exhibition and future projects, ONE / OFF seeks to expand on the CBVC’s scholarly and artistic inquiry into the exploration and critical evaluation of images, including the development of visual technologies and bringing it into the crypto space. Historically, the global archive has failed to document or credit, when Black creatives make history but ONE / OFF believes an immutable public record will not only address this concern but allow the Black creative community to control our own narrative. We at ONE / OFF are excited to have you here to view, bear witness, and verify for the immutable record that a burgeoning Black Arts + Culture ecosystem exists on the blockchain. This exhibition and its supporting resources offer a singular representation of what a Black Arts + Culture ecosystem may look like on the blockchain, and we are excited to invite others to dream with us and collectively imagine alternative futures. We believe the work of building a healthy arts and culture ecosystem is tethered to building a strong arts and culture economy. With this in mind, we look forward to partnering with institutions to provide workforce development opportunities for the next generation of arts workers and creative entrepreneurs. Exhibition Highlights: 33 Black Artists • 8 Countries • 7 Crypto Art Marketplaces • 5 Black Curatorial Themes • ∞ Black Futures 1


EXPERIENCE THE BPSBFB SHOW IN THE METAVERSE

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO ENTER THE GALLERY INSTRUCTIONS ON NAVIGATION: Movement W

Move Forward - Up Arrow Key or W Key Move Backward - Down Arrow Key or S Key Move Left - Left Arrow Key or A Key

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Move Right - Right Arrow Key or D Key Changing Your Viewing Angle Use the Mouse to turn the orientation of your view How to activate your regular mouse Press the ESC Key twice How to Listen to Artist Audio Recordings Click the

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How to Buy or Make Offers on Art in the Show Click the artwork, scroll to the offer section and click “Make Offer” Notice: For the best viewing experience use a Tablet or Desktop, but the platform works on mobile as well. 2


AFROFUTURISM AfroFuturism has always been a genre that allowed Black imagination to run wild. We invite you to meditate on the theme of this room and create a narrative tying together each work inside. Inject your lived experience to build your own Black future.

YANGA - “UNADOD”

COLLECTED BY ONE / OFF

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ENGAGE: Please share your reflections of the work, words from their creators, and the provided gallery prompts using the hashtag #BlackCryptoArt 3


AFROESOTERECISM Spirituality is core to the African Diaspora. Whether through personal meditation in our homes or a tent rival of thousands, connection to Source is integral to our daily lives. Within this room, reflect on and share your family’s spiritual practices and rituals.

JOURDAINE GRAFFIE - “MYSTIQUE II”

COLLECTED BY BLUEAKIRA

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ENGAGE: Please share your reflections of the work, words from their creators, and the provided gallery prompts using the hashtag #BlackCryptoArt 4


AFROSURREALISM The Black subconscious is fertile ground for exploration of time between ancestor and future. Like the vastness of the unexplored sea floor, there is great depth to our minds and AfroSurrealism is that portal to the Black subconscious. Can you remember your last dream? Do you see any of its themes reflected within the gallery? JAHEEL DOWDY - “MOMENT IN TIME”

COLLECTED BY METAPURSE

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ENGAGE: Please share your reflections of the work, words from their creators, and the provided gallery prompts using the hashtag #BlackCryptoArt 5


BLACK POPULAR CULTURE The worlds biggest export is Black culture. From music to food, personal style to language, the African diaspora fuels creativity around the globe. As you walk through this room, go inward and think about how the blockchain can be a vehicle to further cultural exchange happening between Black people across the globe. VAKSEEN - “NOTHING LIKE U”

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ENGAGE: Please share your reflections of the work, words from their creators, and the provided gallery prompts using the hashtag #BlackCryptoArt 6


BLACK FIGURATIVE ART Self-design is key to building identity. Audre Lorde once said, “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” After hundreds of years of image making by others imposing their idea of Black people onto our bodies, art gives us the space to push back. Locate a work that feels like the strongest representation of how you self-identify.

VAKSEEN - “GOLD LIVES INSIDE YOU”

COLLECTED BY ONE / OFF

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ENGAGE: Please share your reflections of the work, words from their creators, and the provided gallery prompts using the hashtag #BlackCryptoArt 7


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JASON WOODBERRY

RED SCANNER

KAI

RUEBEN ALEXANDER

KEAGOE

SEAN MICK

LEIGHTON

SEAN WILLIAMS

LETHABO HUMA

SERWAH ATTAFUAH

MAMADOU SOW

SLY MEGIDA

MARK SAVAGE

SNEAKERCRED

MAXWELL BRUNO

TRITONN

MICAH JOHNSON

VOKE

NICKY CHULO

WGMEETS

NIRVAN

YANGA

OLA AGUNBIADE

YOSNIER

ORABELART

ZACH MURRAY

HARRISON FIRST

RAH CRAWFORD

GUEDDA

JOSHWAVISUALS

PEENPOON

GLORIA OLAR

JAWDANE

FAITH LOVE

PAOLA CASTILLO

DON ALLEN III

JANESSA ROBINSON

OTHA DAVIS III

DEE ZOCTOR

JAHLEEL DOWDY

CRAIG BLACKMOORE

OSAVAGE

COREY VAN LEW

JACON OSINACHI

ORRIN

CONNIE DIGITAL

CEY ADAMS

CARLOS MARCIAL

BRIGHTLITE

BRIA THOMAS

BOBBI

BLACKSNEAKERS

BEYOND BOLA

J’VON

BEN HARRIOTT

AMEER CARTER

AHMED PARTEY

FOR THE RECORD: A LIST OF BLACK ARTISTS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN AS OF 12/28/20

AMPLIFY: Tag us at @xx1off to add any Black Artists not represented on the list

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RESOURCE GUIDES

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CREDITS • Jason Woodberry

• Brandon Bailey

• Micah Johnson

• Martel Campbell

• Lady Phoenix

• Kris Stith

• Tiffany Heacock

• Micheal McElveen

• Markisha Allen

• Andrea "Angie C" Chandler

• Mariah Scott

• Alexys Taylor

• Cuy Sheffield

• Stephanye Watts

• Michael J. Ewing

• Cee Sando

• Toye Adenekan

• Herman Marigny IV

• Ameer Carter


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