elementum is delighted to share with you our latest press feature as published on Outland, reporting on our booth presentation with artworks by Solimán López at the Art Dubai Digital art fair.
The below text was published on Outland by Brian Droitcour, on March 4th, 2023.
"The Marketplace Of Ideas" by Brian Droitcour (Outland) | With startups and foundations exhibiting alongside galleries, Art Dubai Digital proposes another model for the art fair, and myriad possibilities for digital art’s place in culture.
Video below: Trailer for Solimán López’s Introns, 2022
Whatever resemblance Art Dubai Digital bears to the rest of the Art Dubai fair is purely formal: there are exhibitors showing artworks in booths. Beyond that, the contrasts multiply—the types of organizations exhibiting, the kinds of work they’re showing, the ways in which they are for sale (or not for sale). The sixteenth edition of Art Dubai, open through March 5, has dedicated a section to digital art for the second year in a row, this time organized by curators Chris Fussner and Clara Che Wei Peh. Art Dubai Digital stands apart from the fair’s main halls, tucked in a basement of a luxury hotel, and the distance gives visitors space to fully appreciate its differences.
Digital art can be mutable, flexible. You can acquire something that will unfold and grow.
At a fair, art usually looks like a finished product, ready to move into collectors’ homes and storage units. But digital art can be mutable, flexible. You can acquire something that will unfold and grow. The most vivid example of this at Art Dubai Digital is Solimán López’s Introns (2022), presented by elementum.art, a Swiss producer of curated NFT drops. Visitors can pick up a free NFT at the booth, which includes instructions on how to receive a DNA sampling kit. Return a saliva sample, and your DNA will be encoded in a 3D digital sculpture, running López’s algorithms to represent fifteen biologically determined traits—dopamine levels, muscle density, and risk aversion, among others—in animated geometric forms. There’s an option to buy physical sculptures to house the bioportrait once it has been minted. I can’t comment on the science behind Introns, but López’s concept cleverly stretches the logic of the PFP, forming an indelible, bodily connection between the artwork and the holder.
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Explore Solimán López's INTRONS Project Link HERE