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Phillips collaborates with virtual human MonoC on NFT artwork

International auction house Phillips announced their collaboration with virtual human, MonoC, created by Gusto Collective. Together they are launching a generative, data driven NFT artwork, ‘Drowning in Love’, that will be sold in Phillips’ upcoming online auction, ‘My Kawaii Valentine’, open virtually from 14th February to 22nd February 2022.

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The unprecedented digital artwork places art collectors investing in art at the heart of the creative process as a minimum of 100,000 data points collected live and in real time from bidding on all lots in the online auction will drive algorithms designed to render MonoC’s creative.

Generative music by Hong Kong composer Terrence Ma (T-Ma), with whom the artist has collaborated for this work, has been written to complement the work and will unfold as the visual grows. During the seven days of the online auction ‘Drowning in Love’ will be seen as a live tele-cast embedded into the Phillips’ website, from which viewers can witness the work being rendered by unique data points as they are gathered.

“Phillips is well-known for being the market pioneer in identifying young artistic talents. We stand by innovation and are excited to offer this original idea, where an NFT is created through auction data for the first time. It has been a real privilege to work with Hong Kong’s homegrown BrandTech firm Gusto Collective for this cutting edge NFT collaboration. With this work, we celebrate the conventions of an auction house, while welcoming the new trend of artistic technology. We look forward to welcoming seasoned collectors and a new generation of bidders to participate in this online auction and observing how your bids will be configured into Drowning in Love,” said Hin Hin Wong, Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Phillips.

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“Together with T-Ma and our team, MonoC creates something unexpected and beautiful out of live data that brings a new interplay between art and technology. She has grown organically in the metaverse from the heart of all we do at Gusto Collective. I am excited to see what innovations her creativity and our cutting-edge technologies will see in the future,” said Aaron Lau, Founder and CEO of Gusto Collective.