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Urbit Assembly: If We’re All Here, Who’s Watching The Internet?

Forever Magazine founder and Zora Zine contributor Madeline Cash reports on secret societies, subjective idealism, and digital intimacy in her dispatch from Urbit Assembly in Miami

Madeline Cash29 Sep 2022

Recent Posts

Future Tape Wants to Make Onchain Music an Object of Obsession

Hype Machine creator Anthony Volodkin’s new app is heeding the lessons of the blogosphere to build a music NFT universe where context is king

Zora27 Sep 2022

Spores is Propagating Infinite Music

While the big streaming platforms continue to churn out soundalike playlists, Spores is rewiring the listening experience to make every playback a one-of-a-kind performance

Zora22 Sep 2022

The Invisible Metaverse

Mark Zuckerberg’s screenshots of himself in a low-poly virtual world are a visual clue to what Meta hopes their 3D environment will become: the bland base-layer of our digital lives

Kevin Buist20 Sep 2022

Nina Protocol: Platform-Agnostic Publishing, Active Listening

If “lean back and listen” is the current paradigm for music discovery, then “crate-digging” might be posited as its predecessor, or in Nina Protocol’s case, a future alternative

Blaine O'Neill14 Sep 2022

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Nina Protocol: Platform-Agnostic Publishing, Active Listening

If “lean back and listen” is the current paradigm for music discovery, then “crate-digging” might be posited as its predecessor, or in Nina Protocol’s case, a future alternative

On Decentralized Clocks: Anna Ridler in Conversation

In a cross-platform special with Right Click Save, Charlotte Kent speaks to artist Anna Ridler about how the uncanny systems of the blockchain shatter our common-sense understanding of time

The Playful Antics of Chickens are Anything but Bird-brained

What happens when a country coop moonlights as an experiment in photography?

The Self-doxxed and the Truly Sorry: Accountability After Identity

Revelations about NFT project founders’ shady pasts under various pseudonyms have shaken up the space, prompting questions about how accountability can best fit into an ecosystem that enshrines anonymity. But what if the melodrama of exposing individuals is distracting us from meaningful solutions?

DIS Plays the Fool

In the second monthly installment of a three-part curatorial residency, DIS celebrate the comic, the obscene, and the absurd, highlighting the NFT projects honing the troll instincts native to online culture

Eyes on the Pie: Yeche Lange Proofs Artist-Run Space on the Blockchain

How can future online spaces elicit more left-field practices to build community and invite participation? An emerging gallery might have the answer—baked into their foundation

Chaos and the Headless Band

Matthew Chaim and Mark Redito of Songcamp dive into Camp Chaos' origins, mechanics, and vision

Planetary Infrastructure as Resistance: Solarpunk and Web3

Solarpunk is hot right now: After living in a dusty (but bright) corner of the internet for over a decade, the subculture is suddenly being recognized, and its values and tropes are being appropriated within Web3 culture

To Voice or to Exit: Crypto Cities

Monolithic, centralized cities are in need of an update: What is their fate?

The Cypherpunk Case for NFTs

Des Femmes Magazine co-founder, Leigh Cuen, is determined to utilize NFTs as a cypherpunk tool and celebrate digital art’s new chapter in the broader legacy of feminist art

Our Decentralized Selves: Creating in a Post-Identity Future

Web3 gives creators the chance to be born again over and over, discarding and circumventing limits or requirements for pre-existing identity, reputation, or experience

Enter ZORA V3

New year, new Z: Here's to welcoming the protocol's latest commitment to new market types, gas efficiency, finder's fees, modular architecture, DAOs, and ZORFs

Holly Herndon for One for All

Holly Herndon on launching Holly+, longevity in art, and the wild west of NFTs

Why Create Your Own Marketplace?

Freedom to display and sell your work outside of the dominant format of endless thumbnail feeds should be a given

Metaverse Glossary

Everything you need to know about Metaverse jargon

More Recent Posts

Public Works Administration Gave the Times Square Show a Digital Revival

There was a resurgence of artistic energy at Public Works Administration’s Lowline: a digital art exhibition in the 50th Street subway powered by NFTs

Jason Isolini12 Sep 2022

Tomb Series and the Road to Recovery

For community to mean something more than crowdsourced advertising, we need new tools geared towards a genuinely decentralized culture; David Rudnick’s Tomb Series is providing them

Zora07 Sep 2022

DIS Unveils the Profound

In the final monthly installment of a three-part curatorial residency, DIS turn their attention to the artists bringing a clarifying focus to the semiotic overload of digital life

DIS06 Sep 2022

On Decentralized Clocks: Anna Ridler in Conversation

In a cross-platform special with Right Click Save, Charlotte Kent speaks to artist Anna Ridler about how the uncanny systems of the blockchain shatter our common-sense understanding of time

Charlotte Kent01 Sep 2022

The Playful Antics of Chickens are Anything but Bird-brained

What happens when a country coop moonlights as an experiment in photography?

Corrine Ciani30 Aug 2022

The Self-doxxed and the Truly Sorry: Accountability After Identity

Revelations about NFT project founders’ shady pasts under various pseudonyms have shaken up the space, prompting questions about how accountability can best fit into an ecosystem that enshrines anonymity. But what if the melodrama of exposing individuals is distracting us from meaningful solutions?

Joanna Pope18 Aug 2022

Brave New Artwrld

Artwrld want to use the transparency of the blockchain to build a better world for artists, and everyone else

Zora03 Aug 2022

DIS Plays the Fool

In the second monthly installment of a three-part curatorial residency, DIS celebrate the comic, the obscene, and the absurd, highlighting the NFT projects honing the troll instincts native to online culture

DIS29 Jul 2022

New Medium, New Message, New Aura: Onchain Art Gets Material with Zien

How Zien are bridging the physical and the digital to create a new kind of art institution attuned to the challenges of our extreme present

Guy Mackinnon-Little26 Jul 2022

“The Painter’s New Tools” Redefines a Historic Medium for an Age of Digital Spectacle

Eleanor Cayre and Dean Kissick’s group show at Nahmad Contemporary argues for the renewed relevance of painting in an age where images and IRL reality are more confused than ever

Madeline Cash15 Jul 2022

Camaraderie of Competition: How BLVKHVND Saw the We in Esports

Born out of frustration with a fickle and fractured industry, BLVKHVND is the path-breaking esports DAO building a gaming culture where competition and community go hand in hand

Zora15 Jul 2022

CARBON is Living in a Metamaterial World

Helmed by Chad Pickard, Claudia De-Meis, Jamie Reid, Vanessa Reid, and Ben Ditto, CARBON is bringing genre-defying fixtures of fashion to Web3

Eileen Isagon Skyers12 Jul 2022

DIS Takes the Wheel

In the first monthly installment of a three-part curatorial residency, the post-internet pioneers chart their early encounters with crypto and offer an essential overview of the creators breaking new ground today

DIS29 Jun 2022

Minting Faces in Latent Spaces: How SMPLverse is inverting tools for machine cognition

Artist and researcher William Wiebe repurposes avatars generated for the infrastructure of the metaverse, revealing its embedded preferences in the process

Blaine O'Neill24 Jun 2022

NFTs Are Gamifying Fashion: What's in the Wardrobe?

While there may be few cases where fashion NFTs offer IRL functionality, they don’t need much more justification beyond the excitement they inspire; like fashion itself, it’s still very much evolving

Leigh Cuen22 Jun 2022

Mint Condition: Dwight Torculas, Music NFTs, and Artist Agency

Mint Songs is striving for a newer, fresher take on how artists and collectors can become their own curators in the marketplace

Zoe Cooper15 Jun 2022

Eyes on the Pie: Yeche Lange Proofs Artist-Run Space on the Blockchain

How can future online spaces elicit more left-field practices to build community and invite participation? An emerging gallery might have the answer—baked into their foundation

Blaine O'Neill08 Jun 2022

Chaos and the Headless Band

Matthew Chaim and Mark Redito of Songcamp dive into Camp Chaos' origins, mechanics, and vision

Zora03 Jun 2022

From E.A.T. to the Metacene: Julie Martin and Rachel Rossin

Despite operating years apart, there’s an inimitable and intuitive resolve in Julie Martin and Rachel Rossin’s practices, an overarching continuation of technology’s promise and the interweaving between art and engineering. New York-based arts organization Rhizome honors them both for their annual benefit.

Gracie Hadland31 May 2022

A Token of Gratitude: Ken Knowlton with Jim Boulton

Leading up to Rhizome’s 2022 Benefit Dinner, the first since 2020, pioneering computer artist Ken Knowlton—in concert with curator Jim Boulton—has released a bespoke NFT depicting co-honoree Julie Martin, deploying the same algorithm as Knowlton’s groundbreaking 1966 piece, "Computer Nude"

Madeline Cash27 May 2022

Destroy to Immortalize: In Conversation with Ron Arad

The London-based multihyphenate speaks from his Camden compound with Zora Zine's Editor on "Reverse Again," his maiden Web3 series

Zora18 May 2022

Planetary Infrastructure as Resistance: Solarpunk and Web3

Solarpunk is hot right now: After living in a dusty (but bright) corner of the internet for over a decade, the subculture is suddenly being recognized, and its values and tropes are being appropriated within Web3 culture

Georgia Kareola12 May 2022

To Voice or to Exit: Crypto Cities

Monolithic, centralized cities are in need of an update: What is their fate?

Drew Austin09 May 2022

Ours Truly

Zora’s latest fundraising round advances our developments of public NFT tools

Zora05 May 2022

Iman Europe Wants You to Know Your Worth

Head of Artist Relations at sound.xyz, Iman Europe confides in Latashá Alcindor on her music career jockeying between LA and New York, creative plagiarism, setting professional boundaries, and knowing when to say "No"

Zora12 Apr 2022

At Scab Shop, Skin isn't Ink's Only Home

Who says tattoos can't be immortal? Creative studio CTHDRL and tattoo bellwether Scott Campbell connect on their industry-shattering initiative, enlisting ten genesis artists in the process

Zora06 Apr 2022

Chuck Anderson's "Infinite Pressure" is a Line in the Sand

The Chicago-based artist, designer, and photographer discusses his 99-piece NFT collection, which evokes surreal and florid tableaus, and marks a turning point in his career

Zora06 Apr 2022

At Fingerprints DAO, Collecting NFTs is Just the Beginning

Fingerprints DAO, inaugurated by Luiz Ramalho, isn't solely in the business of collecting NFTs with distinct criteria, but rather championing a space for new artists, incubating works, and incentivizing collaboration with humans and machines

Zora01 Apr 2022

The Cypherpunk Case for NFTs

Des Femmes Magazine co-founder, Leigh Cuen, is determined to utilize NFTs as a cypherpunk tool and celebrate digital art’s new chapter in the broader legacy of feminist art

Leigh Cuen21 Mar 2022

Mars Maiers and Novel Auction Mechanics

Allan Yu and Jacob Bijani's NFT project is a testament to binding design and art concordantly; and their blind and silent auction mechanisms are blueprints for more diverse functionalities

Zora12 Mar 2022

NfTNeTArT at panke.gallery Highlights the Medium in the Flesh

The Wedding, Berlin-based gallery celebrates its five-year anniversary, showcasing nine international artists who deploy algorithms as their artistic language

Zoe Cooper10 Mar 2022

Jimmy Edgar's OBJECTZ is a Portal into the Metaphysical

In his latest 3,396-image collection, the producer, DJ, and artist is stretching the limits of what's possible with generative, 3D-rendered images, and honing in on their inherent, quantum energies

Zora10 Mar 2022

Channel and the Great Re-bundling of Media

Channel is the platform from New Models, Interdependence, and Joshua Citarella—para-institutional researchers, developers, and creators burnishing the patina off institutions and redefining how media is disseminated, and consumed

Zora04 Mar 2022

Peering Over the Edge: Hedging Bets and the Promise of DAOs

Rectifying the wrongs of Web2 requires a vision of the future, taking advantage of what’s being built, and using it to your project’s ends

Ali Breland23 Feb 2022

Metaphorical Resonances, Ledgers, KNOTS: Emily Segal and Maximal User Harmony

The artist, writer, trend forecaster, and KNOTS project co-creator suggests it's time for literature to expand into the experimental, decentralized landscape

Blaine O'Neill17 Feb 2022

A Most Contentious Debate: NFTs, Wikipedia Editors, and Taxonomic Authority

In this week's essay, digital anthropologist and curator Wade Wallerstein considers Wikipedia's recent decision to not classify NFTs as art and suggests more intentional ways of thinking through the material specificities of the blockchain

Wade Wallerstein14 Feb 2022

Burning Down the Content Farm with Godmin

Godmin, progenitor of glitch and vaporwave-inspired Heaven Computer, shares with Zora co-founder Dee Goens what it’s like being a solo female developer in Web3, the beauty in file corruption, and staying true to one’s vision

Zora10 Feb 2022

ZORA Modules and Protocol Architecture

How do we minimize the migration costs for ZORA users while ensuring that developers outside can continue to use any version of our contract? Enter the bird's-eye view of V3 and ZORA Modules

Zora07 Feb 2022

Case Simmons is Up in the Clouds

The classically trained artist, with 20 years of digital collages under his belt, recently sold out his "Clouds on Chains" series—he speaks with Zora on the importance of engaging with one's audience, the arbitrary gamble of price-making, and pushing programmatic limits

Zora04 Feb 2022

Verses, Artifacts, and the Collective Mandate

Spawned from Meta's rebranding, Verses, the collective of writers, researchers, and technologists, churning essays dubbed 'artifacts', argues for a Pluriverse—the coexistence of many worlds and value systems in Web3

Zora02 Feb 2022

Our Decentralized Selves: Creating in a Post-Identity Future

Web3 gives creators the chance to be born again over and over, discarding and circumventing limits or requirements for pre-existing identity, reputation, or experience

@itstheElword with @Rafathebuilder26 Jan 2022

Enter ZORA V3

New year, new Z: Here's to welcoming the protocol's latest commitment to new market types, gas efficiency, finder's fees, modular architecture, DAOs, and ZORFs

Zora25 Jan 2022

Nic Hamilton and the Beauty of Incremental Change

Originally trained as an architect, the Melbourne-based image maker is preparing to release Nuxui, a generative series which examines the passage of time—from simple 3D fragments to abandoned infrastructures

Zora21 Jan 2022

Aleatoric is the NFT Project Letting Chance Take the Wheel

Matt Condon and Evan Casey demonstrate how the agency of AI and sleep talking can distill into comical audio-visual vignettes

Zora18 Jan 2022

Stevie P: Feedback Loops and Topographies of Ketchup

Steve Pikelny's universe of early-internet style websites and photographic series breeds self-reflective thought and spelunks into the root of the human condition

Zora12 Jan 2022

Tea Time With Aluna

Aluna, one half of famed duo AlunaGeorge, has her eyes on solo endeavors, rewriting the restrictive codes of DSPs regarding Black dance music, touring and producing a clothing line in the metaverse, and emphasizing wellbeing

Zora07 Jan 2022

Haleek Maul: HOLDERSLAND and an Ode to What's Owed

From his roots as rapper and record producer, Haleek Maul’s determination to solely release on-chain and found multidisciplinary institution, HOLDERSLAND, underscores his faith in a decentralized future

Zora06 Jan 2022

ZORA: A Year in Retrospect

From the founding white papers last January to the litany of builders and creators who curate and build on the auction house or protocol today, labeling this year "eventful" would be an understatement

Zora30 Dec 2021

Harm van den Dorpel's Subdued Iconoclasm

The Dutch-born, Berlin-based conceptual artist has straddled traditional art-world ecosystems and the growing promise of crypto; he may be one of the most effective ambassadors to bridge these disparate worlds

Zora20 Dec 2021

Artiva is the Antidote

If Web3 is about accessibility, and culture is what propels the movement forward, then Artiva is the antidote to staid ivory-tower dynamics

Zora18 Dec 2021

mannys.game is Exploring Trust and Programmable Utility

From a Soho 3D printing shop to an adventure game in the metaverse, mannys.game is stretching the limit of how collectibles can function, and testing how trust operates in Web3

Zora15 Dec 2021

Sustaining a Living in Decentralized Music with Sound.xyz

For founders David Greenstein, Matt Masurka, and Vignesh Kanth, musicians require a toolkit to counteract the predatory engineering and creative void that legacy labels, and DSPs, uphold

Zora07 Dec 2021

Fractional and the Instilled Emotion of NFTs

Andy Chorlian's permissionless protocol facilitates ownership, champions accessibility, and underscores NFTs' capacity to evoke emotion

Zora30 Nov 2021

Eric Hu Will Not Take Web3 For Granted

The "Monarchs" co-creator emphasizes building Web3 deliberately and sustainably, delineates artistic versus design approaches, and opens up on his Decentralized Beauty initiative

Zora23 Nov 2021

Lani Trock Wants to Update the Social Contract

The multidisciplinary artist shares why site-specific works and Web3 needn’t be mutually exclusive, how blockchains can be instruments of social good, and when to cope with FOMO through mindfulness

Zora19 Nov 2021

Safeguarding the Movement

Wallet security means sharpening our senses

Zora18 Nov 2021

Reggaenomics and the Case for a Public Ledger

ZORA's own Dai Hovey traces the byzantine histories of sampling and copyright to argue for an open and permissionless ecosystem in which creators can thrive

Dai Hovey16 Nov 2021

Allow Me to EMBED

A toolkit for exhibiting your NFTs anywhere on the internet

Zora12 Nov 2021

FWB x ZORA Party: A Succinct Tell-All

Ushering in NFT.NYC's slew of events, a humble recounting of last week's superb meeting-of-the-minds

Zora09 Nov 2021

The Stories in the Machine

Chief Storyteller and CEO of Untitled Frontier, Simon de la Rouviere, revisits his Ethereum-embedded story from 2015, and ponders how current narratives written on-chain could prescribe the future

Simon de la Rouviere09 Nov 2021

Geography and Paradise: Karl Phenom's Relaxation Gardens

Known for emulating the grit and grime of the basement club in his "punkisnotdead" series, Karl Phenom now lures us into the serenity of his Ibiza-inspired virtual gardens

Zora08 Nov 2021

Take a Ride on the Blkchain

Sian Morson of The Blkchain on championing crypto education, ensuring BIPOC don't lose out on venture capital, and building the largest collection of Black digital art

Zora05 Nov 2021

Cup of NFT: The 'It' Newsletter

Elle and Gian Ferrer on being tired of a Western-dominated NFT narrative, and embarking on their own newsletter covering artists in Southeast Asia, Play-to-Earn, and enabling global citizens to Web3

Zora03 Nov 2021

House of Fine Art Launches hofa.io - A Metaverse Gallery of NFT Excellence

ZORA speaks with HOFA co-founders on reimagining NFTs within the blue-chip, the value of curation, and why competition is a good thing.

Zora19 Oct 2021

The Many Multitudes of Niall Ashley

The Bristol-born, London-based painter and performance artist speaks on translating video into painting, getting away with abstraction, and not being afraid to politicize the NFT revolution

Zora05 Oct 2021

NiftyTable on Data Analysis and Why Decentralization Matters

“Data definitely has a limit in the value that it provides. The rest is filled by human imagination and effort.”

Zora24 Sep 2021

Sirsu on The Well and Building a Cultural Index On-Chain

“The Well is kind of like my love letter to humanity.”

Zora23 Sep 2021

Manifold on Smart Contracts and Creative Sovereignty

Eric Diep explains how Web3 enables true authenticity

Zora21 Sep 2021

VerticalCrypto Art on Residency Program Auction

"Creators should be empowered to own their own finances, to know how to market themselves, to not always have to be represented by somebody else."

Zora15 Sep 2021

The First Female Rapper on Blockchain now Leading Artists

ZORA’s new Community Lead, LATASHÁ

Helen Brown07 Sep 2021

Speculation is a Superpower

And with great power comes great responsibility

Jacob06 Sep 2021

Worldbuilding with FWB

"We're interested in how the digital can integrate into IRL, and amplify and strengthen our existing human connections."

Zora03 Sep 2021

The PFZ Stack: PartyBid-Fractional-Zora

How PartyBid, Fractional Art, and ZORA Auction House fit together, and why these projects are an important stack in the fractional NFT and DAO spaces

nnnnicholas01 Sep 2021

Reflections on the First-Ever PartyBid

How one party changed it all

Lily Nguyen28 Aug 2021

JPG Co-founder Sam Spike on Curation, Cultural Value, and Permissionless Participation

How to build a thriving cultural landscape on the blockchain

Zora27 Aug 2021

H+ and Bright Moments Gallery in Los Angeles Pioneer NFTs IRL

Founder Hannah Stouffer collaborates with curator Chanel Verdult for NFT live auction

Zora26 Aug 2021

How to create your own NFT Auction House using ZORA

A repo to bootstrap your own permissionless auction house with the ZORA protocol

Zora25 Aug 2021

Holly Herndon for One for All

Holly Herndon on launching Holly+, longevity in art, and the wild west of NFTs

Zora17 Aug 2021

Why Create Your Own Marketplace?

Freedom to display and sell your work outside of the dominant format of endless thumbnail feeds should be a given

Zora15 Aug 2021

Metaverse Glossary

Everything you need to know about Metaverse jargon

Zora13 Aug 2021

PartyDAO on Building and Launching PartyBid

Giving communities the power to bid

Cooper Turley12 Aug 2021

Catalog Seeks to Revolutionize the Music Industry

Catalog’s mission is being an artist-focused platform that is both sustainable and community-oriented

The Cadence11 Aug 2021

Felt Zine on DAOs, ZORA, and Creating Together

A case study of DAOs, IRL and URL

Keziah Owusu10 Aug 2021

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