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A.A. Murakami

Floating World Genesis NFT Series

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A.A. Murakami
Floating World Genesis

In light of the activity surrounding the upcoming Merge, Art Blocks and Pace Verso are moving the release of A.A. Murakami’s Floating World to another date and time, to be announced. More information coming soon.

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Pace Verso, the web3 hub of Pace Gallery, and Art Blocks, the leading platform for generative art, are pleased to present the first NFT project by the Tokyo and London-based artist duo A.A. Murakami. Titled Floating World Genesis, the NFT series serves as an ode to primordial life on Earth.

The first component of a multidisciplinary project by A.A. Murakami, Floating World Genesis comprises 250 unique NFTs, each depicting one of three animated scenes chronicling the origins of life on Earth: a single microbial bubble that may split in two; clusters of self-organizing bubbles that represent the growth of multicellular life; and a single bubble situated on the horizon, signifying the formation of the Earth’s biosphere.

Inspired by the Miller-Urey experiment of 1953, which simulated conditions of the early Earth to explore how life first formed in the primordial oceans through self-organizing bubbles, the Floating World Genesis NFTs possess tranquil, meditative, hypnotic qualities often associated with minimalist painting and the Light and Space movement. Bubbles have been an enduring source of inspiration for A.A. Murakami, whose seminal work New Spring (2017) is an interactive, multi-sensory installation that produces mist-filled blossoms.

The formal dynamism of Floating World Genesis, which explores the kinetic possibilities of semi-abstracted bubbles, belies the project’s technical complexity and its wide range of generative effects. Opacities and diffusions of color vary among the NFTs, as do the shapes and positions of the bubbles. Clear bubbles depicted against gradation backgrounds feature refractions of light and color. Some of the NFTs are stereoscopic, allowing viewers to have a three-dimensional experience and immersing them in a world of buoyant, ethereal bubbles.

A.A. Murakami will participate in AMA discussions on Pace Verso’s Discord on September 6 at 8 p.m. Pace Verso will preview Floating World Genesis at its recently expanded Seoul arts complex during the inaugural edition of Frieze Seoul in September. This special screen-based presentation will offer the opportunity to experience sample outputs before the project’s official release.

A.A. Murakami is known for creating immersive, sensorial installations as part of a long-standing exploration of natural phenomena and systems. With these concerns at the center of the duo’s practice, A.A. Murakami has pioneered the development of “ephemeral tech,” or technology that is experienced not through standard interfaces like screens, but through ethereal and shifting matter, facilitating fleeting but deeply meaningful in-person experiences. With the multifaceted Floating World Genesis series, the duo aims to further explore this concept through what it has termed the “mataverse,” a space between the physical and digital worlds. Through future Floating World Genesis projects, A.A. Murakami will investigate the possibilities of art that lives on the blockchain and engages all the viewers’ senses in immersive and tactile physical environments.

Floating World Genesis is realized by Art Blocks and Pace Verso in conjunction with Digital Practice, an artist-focused web3 creative agency that worked in close concert with A.A. Murakami on project conceptualization, art direction, and development. More information about the project can be found at artblocks.io.

The first NFT project to be released as part of the partnership between Pace Verso and Art Blocks was Petro National, a series of unique, generative works focusing on contemporary issues of oil consumption, by artist John Gerrard. Petro National NFTs feature the outlines of different countries and regions, which are represented as glistening patches of gasoline on the world ocean. Engaging the potential of temporal and spatial media online through game engine technology, Petro National examines the global impact of burning 100 million barrels of oil per day and the ways that energy consumption has become a signifier of political power, explicitly addressing the disparity in oil consumption between the global north and south.

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About the Artists

A.A.Murakami is a Tokyo / London based Artist duo. Their unique sensory installations are an ongoing series of works, which follows the tradition of artists emulating nature. In the same way ancient civilisations made structures to chart the passage of the sun or early cave paintings to depict the natural world, A.A.Murakami pursues an innate human desire to use art to connect with and revere the natural systems on which our existence depends. They pioneer in ‘Ephemeral Tech’ which explores this intrinsic driver of creation using technology to evoke both primordial origins and future worlds.

Learn More

  • Pace Verso — A.A. Murakami: Floating World Genesis, Aug 10, 2022