Today’s big news is that the new NFTs are now live on Makersplace take a look here! As with the previous creations a chunk of the sale goes to the artists and subjects of the images with some also going to charity. I’ve also taken on board feedback from the Foundation experience. This time round the process to get involved is much easier as you can pay by card or ETH… auctions start at $1 with a wide range of configurations available including probably my best-known Burning Man image as a 1 of 1 Edition, an image which hung in the Smithsonian and some of my favourite scenes across the years.
It’s probably also worth saying that for the video NFTs I’ll be providing the full quality video file to the winner(s) which means you can enjoy things like the Temple Sunrise in 4K as a wallpaper on your UHD TV or high res display nice and easily.
Just over a month ago we raised a whole bunch of money (over $10k) for charity and artists on my first NFT auction. So, let’s do it again! Starting tomorrow, and you can preview some of the art now, I’m going live on Makersplace with a new batch of Burning Man goodness.
The good news for any of you who struggled a bit with Foundation and cryptocurrency wallets is that Makersplace accept card payments and do all of the crypto stuff for you. The best of both worlds and a chance to help out some artists who have struggled through the pandemic! Here’s a little low-res preview of one of the items available.
I’m not sure how I came across this video… maybe a recommendation after my Mooji meditation – but I think it’s pretty cool.
And now for that NFT News…
NEW NFT Goodness!
Here’s a sneak preview of the drop coming in just a little while! It’s my first time on Makersplace, and I have no idea how it will go! What I can tell you is that it will be a lot more straightforward for you all to get involved in as Makersplace allow card payments, not just payments via a Cryptocurrency wallet. 🙂
Machine Elf – We Are Made From Stars | Trey Ratcliff & Joshua Ryan
Welcome to a very different Machine Elf creation! All my latest ones seem to be my favorite, but this one definitely gives a new perspective on the cinematic quality and storytelling of fractals. This creation was incredibly complex and took about a month for the visuals and another month for the music from Joshua Ryan. We’ve been collaborating on this one forever and now it is finally ready for release!
This creation explores how incredible complexity and the fabric of the universe could possibly be boiled down to a few combined fractal equations. I’ve always been fascinated by the fabric of the reality around us. Maybe it’s just math, or a higher order of mathematical formulas that collide with different sorts of energies. It’s really hard to say, eh? All these Machine Elf creations explore different facets from the same jewel of the reality that is being built around us all the time.
Also, we’ve put a few of these Machine Elf creations in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go, Rift or Playstation VR you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here.
What an amazing place to watch the sunset. Malaysia is a brutally hot and humid place, so any chance for a swim is welcome. This is the pool there at the Ritz-Carlton and, even better, we jumped in the pool right after a fun cocktail-making class. Some of those bartenders seem to have such a good time. I think it would be an awesome job, but I don’t think I could do it and keep all the drink recipes straight in my mind…
Well, the first Burning Man NFT (Non-Fungible Token – think “Bitcoin for digital art”) went great and for about 7 Ethereum and you can see how it progressed at https://foundation.app/treyratcliff/burning-embrace-10493 . All the proceeds went to charity, split between 3, with my nomination being a local organization here in Queenstown run by my friend Dr. Rigg called Southern Wellbeing Trust with the tagline “Delivering evidence based innovative community level solutions for Mental health and wellbeing.” Cool stuff… I may have to take all the donations back for my own mental health. Just kidding… fun mental-health humor. Keeping it light, you know… I do wonder how people can get through chaos without a sense of humor. Anyway, it may be clear to you now that I’m not a mental health professional, so it’s probably better to leave that to the experts and support them 🙂
And now there is a new animated Burning Man NFT at Foundation – it’s one of my favorites. Here’ the official description I put on there for this piece entitled “Awakening to what Is”:
“There’s quite an exciting time when one awakens into consciousness, albeit it may indeed be ironically solipsistic. As you ride out into the deep playa of Burning Man, fascinating art pops out of the ground to inspire you while you’re on your own grueling Joseph Campbellesque type quest. “Awakening” by Geurts/Elmendorf makes for the perfect meditation of serenity. As with all my Burning Man works, a percentage goes back to the creator of the sculpture. For the 4K 30s file, contact after auction.”
Also, I have made a new video that describes the weird world of digital art and NFTs. I currently am only working with Foundation, but soon, I’ll be doing drops on Makersplace. I’m also interested in working with Nifty Gateway and OpenSea, but I don’t really know anyone there… so, if you do, hook me up! 🙂
Oh, and we’ve started a 2nd account for Machine Elf animated NFTs on Foundation Check those out…They are quite visually appealing along with the amazing music. Here is a short preview from Machine Elf 36 – Open Heart. Click here to see it in full with original music from Sam Wave.
Stay awesome! 🙂
Daily Photo – The Remarkables on a Saturday Afternoon
I have a small hike I do from my home here that takes me to this place. I usually listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I walk and look at nature. I walk up this fairly big hill, and along the way, there are little ponds. I stopped to grab this photo… I feel like just having a little reflection in the shot gives it a little pizzazz.
How will this go? I have no freakin’ idea. But it’s gonna be a good learning experience, that’s fer shurr. What’s an NFT, you’re wondering? Well I’ll add that info at the bottom of the newsletter.
TWO auctions. The first is for charity and the second is a personal one.
For the first auction, I gifted a Burning Man NFT to my friend Kevin Rose and he had the great idea to auction it off for charity. We chose two charities, and we’ll split evenly between them. Kevin chose the Mountain Cloud Zen Center and I chose Makesoil.org. As with all my Burning Man creations, I give 5% back to the original artist. In this case, it is Matt Schultz and the Pier Group. In some cases, the artists want me to donate their share to a charity.
Embrace is a 180k lb, 7 story monument to the relationships of our lives. This animated photo by Trey Ratcliff of this 2014 art piece by Matt Schultz is exclusively offered here on Foundation as a unique 1 of 1.
As for the second animated photo, it’s entitled “In Every Lifetime, Fire Rages,” and it shows an endless embrace in the desert as the fires burn in the distance… This sculpture has the romantic name (which is great, me, being a helpless romantic and all) of “In Every Lifetime, I Will Find You” and it was created by Michael Benisty. It’s one of my favorite photos from the last ten years at Burning Man. Michael has asked that I donate to a charity of my choice is a local one here in Queenstown, New Zealand called the Southern Wellbeing Trust. Their tagline is “Delivering evidence based innovative community level solutions for Mental health and wellbeing.”
Now, what is an NFT, you are wondering? Hmmm… how to explain it. Think of it as bitcoin for art. Unique pieces of art are uploaded and authenticated in the blockchain. There is a trail of ownership that is in the public record. For example, ONE person will end up buying Burning Embrace above. They can just keep it and proudly display it online, and they can feed it to a display in their home if they wish. They can also resell it to another buyer at a higher price if they wish and pocket the profits.
It sounds a bit silly, I know… but a good analogy is baseball cards. People collect and sell baseball cards because they are limited and they have special meaning to the owners. If you can get your head around digital money like bitcoin, then it’s not a big cognitive leap to think the same way about digital art. It’s a brave new world…
How does the $$ work? A little inside baseball here, speaking of baseball cards. There are several NFT marketplaces, and my first release is on Foundation. They take 15% and the other 85% goes to the artist. Also, subsequent sales on the same platform has 10% going to the original artist till the end of time. Cool, eh? Anyway, that’s a little primer for you… I’ll link to a recent show I was on where I was explaining NFTs on This Week in Google.
Below is a little video of me “minting” my first NFT and getting it into the blockchain. It’s a silly video, but you’ll get the idea.
And, if you want to see me try to explain NFTs on that show, here it is below… Enjoy!
I’m working on a cool project for Tara Iti and I’m excited for it to move forward. I think I’m working on too many art projects right now. They are all moving forward, a little more slowly than expected. But, that’s okay… I’ve never been working on so many things at once. It keeps me very entertained, but it can also be frustrating as it takes longer to get to the omega for each alpha. Anyway, there are a lot more photos from Tara Iti on the way!
Machine Elf 83 – Clockwork Zimmer | Trey Ratcliff & Hans Zimmer Music
In my journeys into the DMT spirit world of impossible unfolding geometries where I encounter everything from machine elf entities to understanding the slippery veil of life, I’ve seen and felt all sorts of things. This is one of my new favorite creations that will take you on your own journey. The music I selected for this one is definitely more intense than the others, which tend to be more meditative. You’re about to go on a little tour of Hans Zimmer with Bladerunner 2049. It will start and end softly with a bit of intensity in the middle, like any good journey. Enjoy!
Daily Photo – Cool Kids Hanging in Madagascar
What a cool group of kids eh? You can almost find any group of kids sitting around and it’s like you are on some kind of a shoot for Benneton or something. It’s like I styled each kid and found the perfect background for a cool shot… but this is just how they hang out all the time. I wish I was that cool when I was a kid.
Orders of magnitude are always a bit elusive for the human mind to comprehend, so I thought to start at the size of a single cell and then zoom out to a slightly larger organism. The entire experience is still inside of a small microcosm of life where entire hidden ecosystems can flourish. The music is a compilation of some of my favorite relaxing tunes from Jon Hopkins. Enjoy!
We’ve put a few of these Machine Elf creations in 360 for a cool VR app called TRIPP. If you have an Oculus Quest, Go, Rift or Playstation VR you can download TRIPP which features guiding experiences to make you happier, calmer and more focused. Grab that here.
Ready for a juicy new organic Machine Elf? Sure you are! This one is another creation that includes custom music from ‘Sam Wave’ which you are sure to enjoy. The idea for this one came to me from a colourful meditation where I did a deep dive into an oil painting with infinite recursion that folds, unfolds, paints, and unpaints its way into a visual meditation. When Sam started making the soundtrack he mentioned that “it feels like a flower internalising its underwater getaway… a floral quartz. We hope you enjoy.
Daily Photo – Perfect Water in Aruba
Of all the Caribbean places I’ve been to, I think Aruba may have some of the best water of the lot. I don’t think it’s any more “clear” than the water from most islands, but it’s the pure white sand that really gives it that soft, milky feel. Also, feeling all that white sandy powder under your feet is also incredibly soothing and calming.