‘Life in Our Minds’ by Random International & Danil Krivoruchko
Pace Verso and OG.Art launch a new generation NFT project by experimental art collective Random International and digital artist Danil Krivoruchko. Their new project, called ‘Life in Our Minds’, brings together contemporary art and crypto worlds, with breakthrough technology that incentivizes buyers to vigorously participate in the formal evolution of the NFTs to make them rarer. designboom held an interview with Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, founders of Random International, to discuss the new NFT project and the emerging technologies that fascinate them, while also reviewing previous projects (such as the rain room) related to the current crypto realm.
The two-part project includes a animated NFT collection and an accompanying interactive video sculpture titled “Mother Flock,” comprising the individual NFTs, to be unveiled later this year. ‘Living in our minds’ is a very basic form, an extension and a further iteration of our ‘swarm study’ where we have experimented, researched and created different ways of dealing with collective behavior. The swarming behavior is not specific to any species, but has the fascination that many very simple individual movements, when they occur together in a specific way and according to a very basic set of specific rules, create an almost imagined or conscious counterpart. It is an organism that is behaviorally more than the number of its constituent parts. Suddenly it looks like it’s an intentional creature, even though it’s just a bunch of little mindless parts. We have explored that in forms of light, kinetic and other incarnations. AAt some point, we started exploring that we should algorithmically simulate such collective behavior. Then there was the opportunity to experiment with ways to digitally translate algorithmic behavior. We have almost taken the real world away from the installation work on various scales to return to the natural habitat of the algorithm, which is the digital space. We were and still are very interested in bringing in a lot of democratizing elements here. We realized that the idea of the NFT space is really captivating, and we thought we could make a large-scale sculpture in a kind of public space,’ Hannes Koch shares with design boom.
Conceptually, we see an emerging public space that is virtual with the metaverse ahead. It is a third kind of public space. We believe that public art in that space can also be publicly owned and disseminated. What we find really interesting is that everyone contributes or has the ability and opportunity to contribute to a large-scale, public work of art that then grows into something much bigger, behaviorally, that begins to take on a life of its own. And that means that life exists in our minds, hence the title of the project. It’s a distributed form of ownership, of consumerhood, and also of creation, which we try to experiment with in infancy. There is something very unique in this space that was not possible in the physical world. Those are the kinds of boundaries of the NFT space that are interesting for us to really do things that we wouldn’t be able to achieve in the real world, and we find that very intriguing.’
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art
‘Life in Our Minds’, a continuously evolving nft
Pace Verso, Pace Gallery’s web3 hub and Snark.art’s OG.Art NFT platform launch a new generative NFT project from Random International (see more here) and Danil Krivoruchko (more here), co-creator of the OG: Crystals NFT project. ‘Life in Our Minds’ NFT consists of a small group of Boids in the form of 3D bird-like origami objects. The visual features are initially generated and then evolve depending on the contents of each owner’s digital wallet. Based on continuous development, the longer the collectors keep the NFT, the rarer and more complicated the formal features become. This includes an increase in Boids or a change in their formation and decorative patterns. The evolution mechanic involves owners with active participation to shape the artwork as it changes shape. This promotes long-term ownership of the NFTs in an effort to reverse typical behavior in the crypto market, including speculation and flipping.
‘Life in Our Minds has collaborated with Flamingo DAO, Pleasr DAO, Fingerprints DAO, PROOFCollective, Tom Sachs Rocket Factory, Moonbirds, Outland, Pace Verso, OG:Crystals, Ksoids and 89 Seconds Atomized to provide customization evolutionary traits available only to humans who have NFTs associated with these partners. Extra customization evolutionary patterns that may reach holders of other NFT collections are announced here.’
The project NFTs are part of a continuously evolving ‘Mother Flock’ virtual sculpture depicting the formal transformations of the individual NFTs. “The visual properties of the Mother Flock are determined by the behavior of its constituent Boids, bringing ideas about the power of both collective and individual action to the fore in the project.” A web version of this will be freely accessible on the OG.Art platform. Dedicated to scientific research focused on the psychology and behavior of humans and birds, Life in Our Minds emerges as one of the most collaborative, technologically innovative NFT projects to date. “Life in our Minds continues our exploration of the human tendency to attribute character, intent and story to the complex behavior of simple moving forms, as well as the subconscious instincts and emotional triggers that lead us to do so,” shares the duo.
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art | Herd Desert
Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art Random International and Danil Krivoruchko, Life in Our Minds, 2022 © Pace Verso and Snark.art