Up until now, all the NFTs on Cardano have been a bit of metadata that points to an IPFS image. What unsigned_algorithms is doing is actually minting code which generates art onto the blockchain. Art should have some tension with its medium/format - for blockchain art to be taken seriously it needs to interrogate its host, I hope this collection contributes to that conversation.
We will be minting a function to generate each unsig into a parent NFT. Every unsig will have a set of arguments (conditions/properties) unique to it, minted into it, and a reference to the parent. Thus, as long as Cardano is running, you will always be able to generate your NFT.
To play nice with existing standards (pool.pm’s great viewer, etc) we are conforming to this standard, however in this case the linked PNG should really be thought of as a reference/preview, as the code and parameters are the ‘real’ NFT.
Painting and photography are both ways of producing two dimensional images, but they each have their own benefits and drawbacks. I want to see art that is INTEGRATED with a blockchain, not just treating the chain as a dropbox/google drive. This collection is an attempt in that direction.
There are 31,119 NFTs in the collection. That sounds like a lot! But we have reduced it down from 50,063,860 possible combinations, to the ones which create a variety of beautiful geometries and color juxtapositions. The set of unsigs we are minting represent just 0.06% of all the possible conditions.
If we limited the parameters further, we’d reduce the possible complexity of the NFTs, and have less visual interest in terms of colors and geometry.
We will run the sale in three batches of ~10k NFTs each. The price will always be 50.xxxx ADA for a purchase, but in the first batch you will get 3 NFTs, the second batch you will get 2 and in the last batch you will get 1. The NFTs will be randomly distributed.
We will be minting the NFTs in a random order, as the purchases come in. Within 5 minutes of sending payment, you will have your NFTs in your wallet. No google docs shenanigans, no waiting for weeks. Send your funds from a Shelley-era wallet (Daedalus, Yoroi, etc) you control. Funds sent from an exchange (Coinbase, Binance) etc will result in your NFT being lost/eaten by the exchange.
Number of properties:
By acquiring multiple NFTs, you can make larger compositions. If you’re creative and selective enough, people may find value in a set you’ve created, and you may be able to sell them on for more than the individual value of the NFTs. Note in the example below how all bordering NFTs share the same lines/color. Larger compositions will be more and more difficult to get ‘right’. Of course the colors don’t necessarily have to match up, be creative and come up with your own ideas!