Art Basel in Miami Beach to host first 'interactive' NFT exhibition in new collaboration with blockchain Tezos

Show will be accompanied by a talks programme at the Florida fair next month, while visitors will be able to create an AI “generative self-portrait" which they can mint as a takeaway NFT

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Art Basel in Miami Beach (ABMB, 2-4 December) will for the first time host an "interactive" exhibition of NFTs next month, part of a new collaboration with the open source blockchain Tezos.

What is more, visitors can create an AI self-portrait of themselves, then mint it as an NFT—to go.

The exhibition, titled Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art, will feature a number of works from generative and NFT artists including Helena Sarin, Matt DesLauriers, Sutu (Stuart Campbell) and Iskra Velitchkova.

The German artist Mario Klingemann has also designed an algorithm, “embedded” into the exhibition space, with which visitors can interact to create their own abstract self-portrait, minted on the Tezos blockchain.

“While the body of work may be created by the machine, a self-portrait is a deeply human thing, so I hope this probes questions around human nature and perception, and all that expresses itself with automated systems,” says Klingemann, who is also known as Quasimondo.

Accompanying the exhibition wil be a talks series featuring prominent artists in the NFT space that will cover the technical, philosophical and artistic implications and possibilities created by blockchain-based art. According to a Tezos press release, the exhibition aims to "raise awareness of the new dynamic that both NFTs and the ever-evolving world of generative art bring to the art world."

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