At the beginning of August, I went out to the Richmond Art Gallery for a show called Imperfect Offerings.
I was inspired by the work of Naoko Fukumaru, who does kintsugi – the Japanese art of repairing broken things with artful structures.
She did a lot more than just kintsugi on pottery, and also didn’t just use metal or resin. She had several features that were barnacle encrusted.
The idea I have is to create one or more generative algorithms that grow barnacles / encrust other images submitted.
The “simple” version would be a 2D, flat algorithm that both grows barnacles, as well as has a mode where submitted images have barnacles grow on them.
A 3D algorithm that would grow 3D barnacles would be a future version.
We would find a group of people interested in the project and pool funds. The first task would be to find an artist willing to talk this on. Although @depatchedmode or @nerdburn might both have the skills / interest to work on this as well.
Access to the algorithm could be restricted through the use of a license NFT.
We’d also want to reach out to some artists who might want to do an “encrusted” version of existing NFTs. Where they release previous work, and/or work with BarnacleDAO so that their existing collectors can “encrust” their originals, and also collect an encrusted version.
These could be static images, or we might also generate frame by frame growth images that could be displayed as GIFs or movies.
Aside from a base algorithm that makes generative barnacle growth, there could be parameters to tweak: size and colour / shading, amount of growth, and so on.
At the art layer, a “style” component. One might be “natural”, another might be cartoon/sketch, or even a vapourwave inspired style pallete, with barnacles with neon edges.
We want to support and collaborate art and artists and find partnerships here, while providing a structure where people can play and grow together.
Interested? Leave a comment if you want to be involved.