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15. September 2022
Artist Interview

Dan Holdsworth Genesis NFT Drop Is Coming Today

We are delighted to launch the Genesis NFT drop by British photography artist Dan Holdsworth today on elementum. Together with the curator of the Genesis drop Christina Scheublein, we will release three artworks from his acclaimed series “Continuous Topography” and his latest body of work titled “Acceleration Structures.”

“Of course, digital artifacts stay the same forever. I like the fact that an NFT is part of an interactive archive of the artworks in which collectors can participate more actively.” —Dan Holdsworth.

We are delighted to launch the Genesis NFT drop by British photography artist Dan Holdsworth today on elementum. Together with the curator of the Genesis drop Christina Scheublein, we will release three artworks from his acclaimed series “Continuous Topography” and his latest body of work titled “Acceleration Structures.”

“Continuous Topography”

For almost twenty years, British photographer Dan Holdsworth has been blending art, science, and nature to produce photographs that challenge our perceptions and reinvent the notion of landscape. He has studied many glaciers worldwide, notably in Iceland, the Alps, and, more recently, post-glacial rock formations in the Jura. The artist works together with a geologist to gather millimeter-perfect data. The latest photogrammetric and geo- cartographic innovations make it possible for hundreds of photographs taken from a helicopter to be meticulously compiled and plotted using GPS coordinates. The result is 3D imagery called “Continuous Topography” of a mountain in an unprecedented level of detail. However, despite being deeply informed by the uses and applications of the newest technologies, Holdsworth’s work refers openly to the history and tradition of landscape photography and mapping.

Through his use of digital mapping data, Holdsworth expands the photographic process to develop a new aesthetic language that explores the changing nature of human perception in relation to that of our evolving science and technologies at the interface of the geological and the virtual.

“Acceleration Structures”

Dan Holdsworth’s “Acceleration Structures” allows us to see Europe’s most sublime landscapes in radically new ways. He reveals the structures of three Alpine glaciers that artists have attempted to capture for centuries: Argentière, Bossons, and Bionnassay.

“Acceleration Structures” continues his project to reveal unseen parts of the world through an innovative form called ‘cameraless photography.’ ‘photogrammetry.’ These three-dimensional wireframe models are created through a combination of intense fieldwork where the artist documents every square foot of a particular area; and through the pioneering use of high-end software that correlates the measurements of each patch of land between them. From these measurements, the artist can create a model of the site in virtual space. Holdsworth asks how humans have shaped and will reshape the land with a forensic eye, and yet “Acceleration Structures” offers a kind of poetry of data that is unique to our time. This work is the entirety of the twenty-first century and yet remains rooted in the history of photographic explorations of our planet.

Meet the curator

CHRISTINA SCHEUBLEIN

“Blockchain technology enables secure transfers while tracing the provenance and ownership. Regarding Holdswoth`s approach, I see great potential making use of this highly innovative form of representation of a work of art.” —Christina Scheublein.

Christina Scheublein (M.A. and DLT-Talent) is an art advisor and curator specializing in digital and generative art, NFTs, and contemporary photography. For the past seventeen years, she has been working in the field of fine arts with expertise in modern and contemporary art and has led her renowned gallery in Zürich. She was instrumental in the success of auction houses and museums around the globe. For more than three years, she has been engaged in the blockchain space.

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