A Celebration of Internet Culture With Tezpole
Dec 14,2023 Written by New Society
Key Takeaways from TezPole @Art Basel
- Most likely we won't have organizers displaying artworks on poles in the future.
- If yes, it must be an exhibition of “tezpole”.
- Want to know why people say the core of Tezos lies in art? Tezpole got you covered.
- Occasional chaos doesn't equal to tragedy.
- At least the Tezos art community, successfully turnt it into a celebration of wonderful creativity and Internet culture.
- And we're all enjoying this new wave in the Internet culture, setting forth digital phenomena and shared experiences.
- For the culture.
The Birth of Tezpole
At the Art Basel event in Miami, Tezos hosted a grand gathering featuring over 50 artists and drawing a crowd of more than 600 attendees. The event boasted a diverse range of activities, including panels, poetry readings, art walks, and musical performances, creating a promising start.
However, the organizing team faced challenges in presenting the artworks effectively. Rather than a curated display, the artworks were presented on screens of varying sizes and orientations, haphazardly arranged on poles in a hotel lounge. The cable management was notably chaotic, with artist labels hastily affixed to them.
A photograph capturing this setup went viral on X.
Named by DeeZe: “This is the most iconic photo from Art Basel Miami 2023”
And so was the organizer hammered by the artist community.
In the world of art exhibits, we get it – sometimes things are a bit rough around the edges, especially in an era where events often operate on tight budgets. Yet, our passion for attending exhibitions and collaborating with artists has taught us a few key insights:
- Ensure the respectful display of all artworks. It's not just about whether the artworks on a pole of hotel lounge, it's also about displaying the complete artwork without cropping, positioning the screen at eye level, accurately matching the screen presentation color with the real artwork's color palette, and more.
- Stick to the exhibition schedule. Time is of the essence, and every exhibition hour counts.
- Understand that the success of an exhibition isn't solely determined by the quantity of featured artists or artworks. When facing budget constraints, maybe “less is more” is the way to go.
- Collaborate with artists to promote the featured artworks. Because at the end of the day, we want folks to check out those curated masterpieces with their own eyes.
Tezpole becoming the art movement of 2023
Let's be honest, errors in exhibitions are not uncommon. But the "tezpole" experience has been unique because artists turned it into a movement, treating us to a plethora of their stunning creations centered around the theme – "tezpole." From glitch art to photography to 3D animations, artists have contributed and minted hundreds of "tezpole" artworks, each offering their distinctive interpretation of the theme.
Occasional chaos can spark positive vibes. What was once a misstep in reality evolved into a captivating spectacle online. And so the "tezpole" event got us reflecting – it's a movement that unites communities and brings numerous blessings. The Internet's dynamic culture is doing its magic: it not only embraced the blunder but also elevated it into a shared and enjoyable experience, showcasing the remarkable ability of online communities to turn setbacks into sources of collective joy and creativity.
Scroll below, and you will find a few favorite “tezpole” artworks nominated by the New Society community.
According to NFT Biker, during the Tezpole event, 708 artworks were created by 527 artists in total, with 76,413 editions being minted. In the primary market, 14,618 editions were sold, generating trading volume of 30k+ XTZ.
We couldn't spotlight all the hilarious and memorable creations in this article, but we invite you to visit the oncyber Tezpole Gallery created by basseado and open to everyone!