Stephen Curry squirms his shoulders on my kitchen counter. No one cares, not even the most ardent Curry fans. Once in a while, a friend asks what he is, that endless loop of Curry successfully throwing a bomb just past half court in a Golden State game against Dallas in February 2021. Then the shoulder movement. Some movements in the hips.
It’s a framed NFT, I say. An NFT video, actually. There’s another frame next to it, a pulsating blue jellyfish that looks like a novelty item purchased from Spencer Gifts circa 1994. It pulsates in a loop, like a GIF. This one is not an NFT. Between these two acrylic frames is a third that cycles through the digital images from my iPhone’s camera roll, just normal images.
What do we get when we buy NFT art, unique pieces of code that are certified by non-fungible token currency exchange? Do we own the art itself, or the certificate of that art, or both? I have a Steph Curry looping on my kitchen counter and I have no idea. I asked the question and cannot guarantee a satisfactory answer; this is reminiscent of the promises of NFT art. That hasn’t stopped hardware makers from capitalizing on the NFT trend, which at the moment is in the doldrums. You might even call these frames token gimmicks – sleek, sturdy pieces of atoms selling for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, existing just to give you a way to show off your new art.
“I think we have such a unique approach in terms of approaching display technology and how display technology is really representative of a single blockchain-backed asset,” Joe told me. Saavedra, founder and CEO of Infinite Objects, in February. Infinite Objects makes the frames I lent to the company – the ones that currently house the Curry wiggle and the trippy fish.
Saavedra acknowledged that other display makers are also getting into NFT, such as Samsung, which announced earlier this year that some models of its TVs would support blockchain art. What’s different about Infinite Objects frameworks, Saavedra said, is that the company elevates videoturning it into “something that is collectible, something that is valuable and can be bought and sold”.
Unlike traditional photo frames, IO frames are immutable. (You might even call them non-fungible.) You can place an order for a frame with an NFT video or a frame with classic non-blockchain art, but either way, that’s the art you’re with. you’re still stuck. And, even though you go through the process of verifying ownership of your NFT before ordering the frame, Saveedra emphasized that the image you receive is not the NFT art itself. “It’s a physical twin of this asset on the blockchain,” he said. Saveedra actually has the Steph Curry NFT, which I verified by scanning a QR code on the back of the frame. He purchased it through NBA Top Shot, the league’s official marketplace for digital collectibles. Then he had it put in an IO frame. It’s a lot of work for a bit of art.
Infinite Objects frames are not cheap, but compared to other NFT frames, they are cheap. Most range from $79 to $450, depending on frame size and quality and how an NFT is priced. The Steph Curry video print is $199. The most expensive item on the IO site? A $600 video rendition, created by an artist collective called Keiken, of Elon Musk, Grimes and baby X Æ A-12. Musk, inexplicably, is holding a knife. They are part human, part Avatar, and all of them have chips implanted in their skulls. “Their glass pregnancy bellies are both a container and a shiny veneer displaying a range of different objects that represent the inner workings of their minds and carry consciousness, feelings and beliefs of a space and a time to time,” the art description reads, borrowing a page, it seems, directly from WeWork’s prospectus.
If that didn’t blow your mind, the locations of other NFT frame makers just might. A new hardware entity called Lago, backed in part by Master & Dynamics chief executive Jonathan Levine, is selling a 33-inch screen for NFTs for $4,500. For that kind of money, the display “will show NFTs at its intended quality as the artist envisioned it”. For an extra $500, you can add a $500 Lago gesture camera, which lets you swipe your wrist over your NFT frame to browse the art you show your confused friends. Prefer a bargain? A 32-inch Tokenframe NFT display, which connects to Wi-Fi and lets you stream your own NFTs to the screen, costs just $999. Upgrade to a 55-inch Tokenframe and you’ll pay a very specific $2,777 (in Ethereum, of course).
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