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Sending Help to Ukrainian Artists In This Hour of Maximum Need Through A Charity NFT Art Auction
The multifaceted work of Ukrainian artists has been welcomed by art buyers and collectors at home and throughout the world. But the war on Ukraine has ravaged the lives of these talented and driven artists and for the entire country as well. The events taking place feel unreal. Civilians have been forced to flee their homes and leave behind what they own due to this humanitarian crisis. Is seeing it in the news enough to make a difference? We think not. The crisis demands that we stand with the people who are being impacted by it and act in our capacities with a human-centric approach. So many Ukrainian artists have lost their homes, families and everything they had. They have lost the paintings they have worked so hard to create. Their paintings were both sources of inspiration and income, and now these precious pieces are gone or destroyed. The RtistiQ team had announced last week an upcoming non-fungible token (NFT) Drop of Women Artists, but given the current situation, we have decided to postpone it for a few weeks and instead give our fullest support to the Ukrainian artists right now. Art is in our spirit and in our destiny and to support these Ukrainian artists, RtistiQ will be launching a charity NFT art auction of their works. This is a corporate social responsibility initiative auction that will run from 7-10 April. Bidding is open to everyone. There will be no commissions charged to the artists in this auction and the entire mint cost and transaction cost will be borne by RtistiQ. It is urgent and these artists need emergency aid, shelter & supplies, and that’s where the proceeds from this first-ever charity auction of NFT artworks by RtistiQ will go. We at RtistiQ aim to give Ukrainian artists hope through our online art platform. As we raise money for a noble cause, we hope that the world can show it’s support for the Ukrainian artists by participating in this deed. We are ready to step up their art into the digital world so that the world can experience the metaverse first-hand - and in the process raise vital funds for these artists who are now in dire need of them in this particularly critical time.
Coming Soon - Maharaja Of All NFTs. Join The Waitlist.
Starting today, the waiting list is open for early access to a never seen before, never done before NFT. The Maharaja of all NFTs is poised as a rare opportunity to own a piece of Indian Art Legacy - the works of Raja Ravi Varma one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. It will be brought to you by RtistiQ in collaboration with ‘Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation’ and ‘Gallery G’. The iconic Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) is known as ‘The Father of Modern Indian Art’. The royal brought a historic turn in the art of India and became the most iconic Indian artist of all times. He united Hindu mythological subject matter with European realism historicist painting style, depicting Indian gods and characters. Raja Ravi Varma made use of oil painting and mastered the art of lithographic reproduction to bring a wind of change by focusing on the details with his play of light, shadows and adding depth using perspective. His artworks are either part of royal collections and housed in palaces in India or owned by eminent private collectors. Just as RtistiQ has established a game changing secure physical-digital link for artists & buyers, via this auction of Raja Ravi Varma’s works and lithographs, we want to set a precedent for a rare collectible that has stepped out of history’s canvas. This is an NFT of many firsts; the first NFT of a national treasure, the first and only digital NFT for Raja Ravi Varma, first one in collaboration with a foundation and the first with a traditional gallery representation. The Indian government has declared his works nationwide treasures and non-export antiquities. With this endeavour to tokenize a chapter of Indian art, our mission is to bring to any art aficionado a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own original Raja Ravi Varma’s works regardless of where they reside. We will be revealing more on the auction and dates soon. Make sure you join the waitlist on the RtistiQ NFT drop page. Follow us on discord https://discord.gg/HNwU7gUqjS to not miss out on any update.
Bringing Together Art & Technology
The Art challenges the technology and the technology inspires the Art - John Lasseter Beyond inspiration, Technology has now moved into augmenting Art and bringing people together to cherish creativity to its truest potential. At RtistIQ we aspire to bring forward the best in class technology to the Creative Community, furthering its outreach while also helping to address some of the known challenges of the Industry. Technology today has been transforming every Industry known to humans, making it faster, better and with best of convenience. Digital Transformation has been the key driving focus for majority of industries to provide best of tools and services to the consumers at an affordable price. Internet, Mobile and Smartphones has penetrated every household in recent time, bringing together both an opportunity as well as challenges. The opportunity lies in reaching to the farthest of places and people, which wouldn't have been possible at any level of physical interaction; while bringing the challenge of being able to stand-out, provide credibility and protection from fraudulent transactions. Technology Behind RtistiQ At RtistIQ, we have brought together a combination of latest technology and artistry to give power to the creative community to expand their outreach with convenience, security and specialization. Some of the key technology put in place are as below Blockchain & NFC Powered At its core we have combined the powers of Digital Imagery, Blockchain and NFC to create a digital DNA of every artwork linking back to the original creator, offering proof of ownership, provenance history and security from forgeries. We employ advanced image scanning and robust hashing techniques to create a digital finger-print, which along with other unique information of the art as well as its transaction are stored securely into the blockchain. A tamper proof IOT device attached to the artwork provide additional security and authenticity to the physical work, which is further linked back to the platform for validation. Artificial Intelligence We harness the power of Artificial Intelligence to offer better security to the art works as well as facilitate better Art Discovery and predictability for the users based on their interests and choices. No two humans are same and so is the perception of artwork. With AI we are able to offer individuality of choices and personalize user experiences. Together with conversational AI and chatbots, helps users to interact with the platform to assist the usage and search of artworks of interest without waiting for support staffs. AI enabling is not part of the current Beta release, and is currently on learning mode to be made available in the main release. Augmented Reality And 3D Projections One of the common challenges of digital mediums in comparison to physical stores / exhibitions, has been the ability to interact with the product / artwork. This is to an extent getting eliminated through the use of AR technology, which enables users to have an in-store like experience and also see the fitment of the artwork in their living rooms. The ability to visualize a virtual representation of products in 3D, to scale and in their intended environment, enables shoppers to make better judgments, removing the need to measure and verify dimensions. Once they have made their determinations, they can buy the artwork online and have it shipped right to their door-steps with few clicks. RtistIQ further employs digital technology, social-media aggregation and other automation tools to make the marketplace engaging and convenient for both the creator and Art lovers. We strongly believe, through the application of digital channels and advanced technologies is going to change the way we look, perceive and interact with artworks for the betterment of the community in large. We strive to bring the best and most advanced technologies in its easiest forms for the Art Community to benefit from. We hope as users you would enjoy interacting with the platform as much we did to bring the platform out to you... Author: RTISTIQ Team
Securing Art in a Digital Economy
Suppose you are an art collector and have brought an artwork online. In that case, you know the usual doubts that haunt you – how do you determine the artwork is authentic, how do you trace the artist, how do you ensure your bank details are secure while making payments, how do you ascertain you will receive the piece you bought and not some cheap copy. In short, you do not want to be duped. You would be delighted if you could track the entire journey of your invaluable artwork from the artist's home to your doorstep.If you are an artist using an e-commerce platform to sell your artwork, you want your payments to process in the shortest time possible, and it would be a bonus if you could trace the payments in real-time, just like you could know the journey of your creation to the buyer. There are a few ways to resolve these suspicions for artists and collectors. In the past few years, there has been an immense transformation in technology, making it possible to secure art in a digital economy.RtistiQ uses the strengths of digital technology to secure art and brings transparency and openness to the art industry. The e-commerce platform utilizes NFC technology to enable the sellers to ensure the artwork's authenticity.NFC means Near Field Communication, which implies that the device can communicate with another device ‘near’ itself. Near-field communication is a standard for wireless data transitions. You can understand it as two devices connecting and transferring data when they come in close contact. One or both devices can contain data and read the data from the other device. In certain scenarios, only one device could be capable of reading data while the other works as a passive device simply containing the data to be read. Smartphones in contemporary world are the most common form of active NFC device, which implies that your smartphone can read information of any other NFC device when it comes in close contact with the other device. This capability is used at RtistiQ to solve the problem of ascertaining trusted transactions of buying and selling of artworkthrough e-commerce platform. At RtistiQ, each artwork is attached with a unique tamper-proof NFC tag. The NFC Sticker tag contains the basic information about the artwork such as name of the artist, artwork dimesions, style and medium of creation. This information is tamper proof and locked from further writing and provides authentication for the artwork. The NFC tags are passive in nature with a life-span of over 50+ years, and there is no security concern since the device is not connected to the internet.When an artist starts working with RtistiQ, they receive NFC tag with unique ID to be attached to each of their artwork. This information is also stored securely on the web portal with a unique key and is used to identify each artwork available on RtistiQ platform. As a buyer, you can login to the web portal to search for the artwork using the unique key. When you receive the artwork at your home, if you have the RtistiQ mobile app, your smartphone would be able to read the NFC device on the artwork and confirm that the artwork you have received is the one that you bought. You can also use the RtistiQ website to compare the ID from NFC device for authenticating your purchase.Hence, RtistiQ ensures that whether you are an artist selling your artwork through our website, or an art collector making a purchase from our art collection, you have an assurance that originally placed artwork is transacted.Provision of NFC tags for each piece of art available on our platform is a certain way to ensure authentication, but at RtistiQ, we also ensure secure transactions. We use blockchain technology to create a secure link between the physical object i.e. artwork and its digital life through the supply chain. This one-to-one link ensures absolute transparency and trust in the authenticity of the artwork, through its journey from the artist’s home to art collector’s home. Combining blockchain and NFC technology, artwork sold through RtistiQ is safe from counterfeits entering the supply chain, as well as avoids any chance of information being compromised in any way. Blockchain, put very simply, is a chain of blocks containing information. The information contained within a block depends on the type of block. For example, it may contain the information of a buyer or seller, including their names, addresses, payment methods, contact information etc. In addition, a block also contains a hash. It is a unique identification of the block and the contents within the block. If any information inside the block changes, it causes the hash to change. The block does not remain the same block. Hence, a block which has been created once with a certain information would be almost impossible to modify. As an additional security measure, a block also contains the hash of previous block in the chain. If someone tries to modify a block, the hash of the block would change, but the following block would still contain the old hash. This would make the modified block invalid and thus would not allow the transaction to proceed. In other words, any information created using blockchain technology remains immutable over time. This helps secure the transactions, involving exchange of financial or personal data. Blockchain technology works on peer-to-peer connection between devices, hence there is no need for an intermediary to be involved in a transaction. This way, payments can process without the need for a bank or payment gateway. Hence, the transaction is efficient in addition to being secure, reliable, and traceable.RtistiQ uses blockchain to store details about buyer and seller IDs. It also contains details of artwork and a unique ID to identify the artwork. All this information is part of a public blockchain and hence, accessible to everyone involved in the supply chain of the journey of the artwork. Although the blockchain is public, it is secure with the use of unique alphanumeric ID and works on the standard principles of blockchain technology to make the transactions safe.RtistiQ uses a robust alliance between NFC and Blockchain technologies to deliver digitally secure art, so whether you are an artist or an art connoisseur, you can leave the technology to us while you focus on what you do best. Author: Manisha Bhati