We believe art that is foundational, innovative, and made possible by this new medium is more likely to retain value in the long run due to its uniqueness and substance. These attributes render them inimitable and irreplaceable, qualities present in all art that has stood the test of time.
When people look back to the genesis of the NFT art market, specific collections will stand out as groundbreaking for making innovative use of the blockchain for artistic expression. These are the works we intend to collect.
These can be contrasted to NFT artworks which utilize the blockchain in more common ways, using link pointers to images or transaction hashes for randomness. These make use mainly of NFT technology’s commercial advantages, drawing limited artistic influence from other novel aspects of the technology.
The Curation Committee, elected by the Fingerprints community, oversees all acquisitions. Artworks are assessed by the Committee according to a framework composed of four categories. The work must exhibit at least one of these qualifications in either form or concept:
The artwork can be recreated from information stored on the blockchain
The artwork is responsive to on-chain activity, such as block time or oracles
The artwork incentivizes coordinated behavior by human or non-human agents
Value and ownership
The artwork critically examines financial value, markets, and/or ownership, or deploys its own economic mechanisms
This framework reflects our belief that art is essential for helping us understand blockchain’s growing importance in the world.