Groundbreaking NFT Art Residency To Launch In The French Riviera This June

Groundbreaking NFT Art Residency To Launch In The French Riviera This June

Art enthusiasts are in for a treat as the world’s first hybrid digital and physical NFT residency initiated by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, Tinie Tempah and Kamiar Maleki opens next month…

For the very first time, set amidst the captivating gardens of the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera, an exciting new initiative called Present the Future will welcome artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from all over the globe to witness the world’s first NFT-focused art residency.

The collective is composed of the visionary French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, Tinie Tempah, the British singer, composer and entrepreneur, the eminent collector and curator Kamiar Maleki, director of the VOLTA Art Fairs in Basel, New York and Miami who is curating this first-of-its-kind initiative, and British digital artist Vector Meldrew.

Light Future by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

The residency will host an artist talk moderated by the internationally renowned art veteran, Simon de Pury, which will take place in the 300 square-metre atelier in residence prepared for the collective, where their creative work will be highlighted during the week-long initiative.

Aimed at supporting established artists interested in social and climate activism, the event is set to feature a live performance by Sassan and Tinie, taking place at the end of the residency, overlooking the panoramic sea view from the tip of the pristine Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, which has been an inspiring retreat for artists since its opening in 1908.

Future Soul by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

Selected as the perfect backdrop for an event of such stature, the NFT residency will support and set the standards for the new hybrid paradigm shift taking place within the NFT ecosystem, bringing together art and music to break boundaries and inspire new collaborations transcending physical and digital realms.

“Our goal is to present to the world’s first hybrid digital and physical NFT production and minting experience, combining the work of Sassan and Tinie, two immensely important artistic visionaries in collaboration with an equal master in his craft, digital artist Vector Meldrew, in a setting that promises to instil a sense of awe and wonder, inspiring in the process new levels of conviviality and creativity,” says curator and collector Kamiar commenting on the rapidly changing space for digital art.

 Blue Future by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar into an NFT

The works created for the event will build on Sassan’s signature painting style of peinture raclée, consisting of floral symbols emanating from various areas of the canvas.

Together, these will be presented with a unique live musical and spoken-word performance by the hip-hop impresario Tinie. “Art and music have always gone hand in hand,” says Tinie. “Art inspires music and vice versa, and I am excited to present works and ideas Sassan and I have spent a year working on both in physical and digital form.”

Still shots from the transformation of Pink Future by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar into an NFT 

“Creating a bridge between creative worlds excites me,” expresses Sassan. “I believe this is the perfect time to implement Present The Future – a unique project supporting the collective’s mission of highlighting the importance of energy and a necessary human connection with nature.”

“Present The Future is a perfect example of being able to combine three creative worlds that may otherwise face hurdles,” says Vector, who believes that blockchain and NFT technology can solve issues around collaboration. “We want to show how it’s possible to combine fine art, music and digital art.”

Six NFTs (one unique and five open editions) have been created by the collective, all bringing Sassan’s signature style of work to life, alongside Tinie’s exclusive tracks created for each NFT, with the assistance of multitalented digital artist Vector.

Future in Nature by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

A 7th unique NFT will also be minted on site during the live performance, a first of its kind. The NFTs will be dropped on major market places starting from 13 June 2021.

Emphasising the importance of creating a vital dialogue between artists, creators and collectors, and blurring the lines between audio and visual experiences by ushering in a hybrid digital and physical space for creativity without boundaries – this new initiative is all set to become an unforgettable experiential event.

With the support of the municipality in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the first Present The Future fully sustainable park will be created. This one-of-a-kind garden facing the sea with access to the public will be connected to its digital version where both will grow simultaneously together in the real world and digital realm.

A portion of all sales will be donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

For more information click here.

Lead image: Future Soul by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

Images courtesy of the artists

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