TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — NFT project ‘Theirverse’ will debut at OneOffs NFT International Art Fair in Taipei through Sunday (December 11th).
of OneOffs NFT International Art Fair Featuring famous Non-Fungible Token (NFT) projects from RTFKT, BAYC, and other Taiwanese digital artists. The three-day event will be held on the 16th and 17th floors of the W Hotel.
Artistic director of “Yu Enri”.their universeaims to build a community of multi-gender artists on the metaverse. The project was ranked #1 on his leading NFT trading platform OpenSea in November after launching in July.
Yu is the son of Taiwanese singer Annie Yi and her ex-husband Harlem Yu.Based on Yu Enley social media accountsyoung artists care about gender issues and rights of LGBTQ+ groups.
The NYU student is currently in Prague, so his mother flew to Taipei to present the NFT project on Friday (December 9). As a member of her management team, Yi said she had her doubts when her son pitched the project to her.
yi said taiwan news At first, she didn’t trust Web3 technology. However, after talking with Yu and his fellow artists, he realized that minting NFTs is a way for Gen Z to express their thoughts and rebellious attitudes.
“Their Universe” contains 5,500 digital characters. (screenshot, OpenSea website)
‘Theirverse’ contains 5,500 virtual items from 9 series with names like ‘Rainbow’, ‘Drag’ and ‘Cyberpunk’. According to Yi, they were co-created by a team of “meta artists”, artificial intelligence engineers, and user interface designers.
In particular, the “Red Queen” from the “Drugs” series was auctioned by Sotheby’s. That said, she was sold to the museum for a price of 1.1 million Taiwan dollars (US$32,565).
The “Red Queen” (left) was sold at auction for more than NT$1 million. (Taiwan News, Lyla Liu photo)
Yi said the central idea behind blockchain, decentralization, is challenging the way she sees art. “Traditionally, if an artist or singer like me wanted to be famous, they had to be recognized in commissions and contests. The whole journey is very centralized.”
The “Theirverse” physical exhibition toured New York, London, Paris, and the final stop was Taipei. “My son grew up in the media spotlight thanks to his celebrity parents. It’s also a way to express yourself,” said Yi.
A 54-year-old mother said she often fights with her son. She said their biggest battle was when a corporation offered to buy “their universe”, but Yu strongly opposed the deal.
Yi said the reasons Yu gave her touched her deeply. “I want to show that I can push the project further in my own strength,” said the young artist.
Yu added that NFTs are supposed to belong to the community rather than being held by their creators. Even if one day the artist is gone, the project will keep going.
Yi revealed that he plans to promote the NFT project of Asian female artists after “Their Universe”. She is in talks with Foresight Ventures to launch a series of blockchain-focused programs.
(Taiwan News, Lyla Liu Lille)