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INFINITY: Exploring NFTs and Beyond

October 12 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

INFINITY is a grass-roots gathering of makers, creators, techies and anyone with a passion for how art is being made, shown and experienced in new digital mediums. Covering NFTs and the blockchain, to AR, VR and more, it’s a mash-up of case studies, cool experiences, current info, opportunities, and connections right here in Aotearoa.

INFINITY is a follow-up to the NFTs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly event developed by Depot Artspace and hosted during Techweek in May 2022. This proved to be so popular, we wanted to get everyone together again, and open up the invitation to anyone interested.

Speakers (who are limited to 7 minutes each time) will deep dive into their recent experiences in this space, and each will offer a unique perspective on digital art. They are:

  • Scott Lawrie (Director, Scott Lawrie Gallery)
  • Nina Dyer (Exhibition Curator & Manager, Depot Artspace)
  • Ioka Magele-Suamasi (Artist, iOX M-S, Art Consultant)
  • Lauren Woolf (Founder and Creative Champion – MRS WOOLF)

With many more to come in future – maybe even you! All welcome.

Where: Scott Lawrie Gallery, Shed 10, 13 Coles Avenue (off Valley Rd) Mt Eden.

When: Wednesday 12 October, 6-8pm

Parking: There is some parking outside, but best to park in Valley Rd Church next door if full.

For more info, please reach out to [email protected]

Meet our Guest Speakers

Scott Lawrie

After studying for his Honours Degree as a painter and printmaker, Scott gained his Master of Philosophy at Edinburgh College of Art, in his native Scotland. He then went on to study law at Edinburgh University, before joining an advertising agency as a writer in 1994. He then had a long career as a branding consultant which took him around the world.

A passionate collector of art for over 20 years, today Scott is Director of the Scott Lawrie Gallery. Proudly independent, the gallery specialises in a rich mix of young and established artists from New Zealand, Australia, and the wider Moana region, including Roy Good, the Estate of Sally Gabori and international superstar Patricia Piccinini.

The gallery aims to connect hearts and minds when it comes to encountering and experiencing contemporary art. Hearts for the naturally powerful ‘love/hate/ignore’ subjective response, and minds by exploring the cultural context within which the work was created.

Scott is also the founder and creator of Fountain, an online gallery that specialises in digital art from established artists around the world. But you won’t see apes on motorbikes on there anytime soon. Fountain avoids the NFT hype, by simply using the blockchain as a verification method, so the digital artworks can have clear and simple provenance.

Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi

Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi is a New Zealand born Samoan artist (Lufilufi | Satalo, Faleali’i) based in Ōtara. Her background includes tapa ceramics, freelance community art projects, gallery outreach, education, and technology. She holds two master’s degrees in arts management and a Masters in Technological Futures (Mind Lab, Tech. Futures) which have also informed her art where she has alluded to ethical A.I. digital inclusion and data sovereignty for Moana people. In 2021, she was contracted by Creative New Zealand to co-ordinate the inaugural Creative New Zealand Pacific Digital NFT pilot working with 10x Pacific Artists based in Aotearoa.

In 2022, she co-produced with Creative Directors Ali Cowley and Andrew Tui; a 5x week Community Creative Tech series called Otara 4.0 in partnership with Hillary House Leadership Centre and Media Design School. Her art to date, has traversed between mediums such as installation works, digital art and archival prints, painting, sculpture and lenticular work.

She is currently an exhibiting artist at Scott Lawrie Gallery with moving image work 6 mins & 38 secs of gifbending.

Nina Dyer

Nina is an emerging curator with a background in Art History and Philosophy. Since 2018 she has been following developments in blockchain technology and its applications in the arts, with particular interest in the parameters of digital property, histories of immaterial art collective, and the impacts of financial speculation on the art market.

Nina is the current Exhibition Curator and Manager at Depot Artspace, and has held positions at Adam Art Gallrey Te Pātaka Toi and Enjoy Contemporary Art Space. In 2020 she curated Free of CHarge, a digital exhibition facilitated by MEANWHILE gallery. Her writing has recently been published by The Art Paper and Aotearoa Digital Arts Network.

Lauren Woolf

Lauren has a career in advertising and marketing that spans over 25 years, of which most were spent in leadership roles at Ogilvy, BAT, and in the marketing services company she started then sold in Switzerland; Antipod. Today, Lauren is the Alpha Woolf at MRS WOOLF, a strategic brand consultancy that works with clients to build and manage creative projects. She holds an EMBA from The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Lauren is based in Auckland and consults on projects in SA, the UK and USA and last year was the project lead for the NZ Tech global Brand Story – See Tomorrow First. She speaks regularly to organisations and forums on the various intersections between creativity, the arts, technology and leadership. She’s the co-founder of The Lockdown Collection (TLC), a social impact art initiative that saw millions raised for artists through the pandemic and is a marketing mentor for Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ).

Last year, feeling inspired to stay ahead of the curve, Lauren took a deep dive into Web3, fascinated by the landscape and interested in how the ‘new internet’ would impact creativity, marketing, brands, clients – and her teenage sons. The adventure has led to new opportunities and conversations and a passion to be part of a better digital future for all.

10/13 Coles Avenue, Mt Eden
Auckland,1024New Zealand
02108265633
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