The era of piracy in digital art has begun

In the art world, the terms subjectivity, innovation, uniqueness, imitation, copy and inspiration have always been the subject of debate. Recently, however, this situation has evolved to the point where people are talking about art theft rather than a new concept. Unfortunately, in the digital art world, we witness those who exaggerate the inspiration work and make copies of the originals or steal the works.

Online auctions, which have been on the rise amid the pandemic, and buying artworks from the digital world have sparked new discussions. Recently, controversies have come to the fore with the revolts of the original owners of some works. Liam Sharp, a British comic artist, announced that someone had stolen his art and released it as an NFT on OpenSea. The piece in question was an artifact placed on OpenSea by a user named 7D03E7. Users pointed out that other NFTs in the creator’s collection are also stolen pieces with other artists’ names on them. The same thing happened with DeviantArt. The website decided to use artificial intelligence to limit such situations.

An artist named Aja Trier says his works have been stolen thousands of times. Most of the time, artists’ works are stolen without their knowledge and NFTs are created and offered for sale without permission. On NFT sites there is no confirmation criterion as to whether the artworks actually belong to the artist. In short, the way is open for the pirate of art. Everyone converts their favorite artwork to NFT and earns unfairly on online NFT sales sites, thus losing trust in the digital art world. An audit and a new admission criterion must come as soon as possible, otherwise everyone will continue their life as an NFT artist by stealing everyone’s work.

Ceren Arslan, who lives in New York, made her proud with her latest project. Arslan has recently started exploring digital art and metaverse, which have become particularly popular with NFTs. In his architectural concept project, he realized a series of fictional spaces, different from each other, close to reality but not conforming to the rules of reality. It posts places that are a little sarcastic and a little thought-provoking in the digital environment. In the near future it will present its rooms as a project with a user interface. So we will be able to experience the places in the virtual environment. Ceren is currently focused on a new Metaverse project in collaboration with designer Kelly Wearstler. While Metaverse reflects the reality of our current environment, the members of the collection offer unique and different alternate environments. It’s like we’re stepping out of reality with his project… Looking forward to meeting you in Metaverse.

If you are looking for other ways of perceiving the world, you should definitely see this exhibition. The artist Belkıs Balpınar, who creates original works by bringing the traditional technique of carpet weaving into contemporary art for the first time in Turkey, is showing new works by the artist, in which astronomy and meet weaving art. . Combining the carpet weaving method with contemporary art and science, the artist contemplates the micro and macro universes moving in circles and ellipses around himself and others as a reflection of movements in space. The artist invented the “fleece” technique to break up and add depth to the repetitive motifs of traditional carpet patterns, and uses these universes of stars and galaxies in carpet weaving with the most minimal drawings. With his designs, the artist offers the public different ways of perceiving the world. Belkıs Balpınar’s solo exhibition entitled “Micro-Macro” runs until June 10th.

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