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A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures; Amrita Sethi’s Journey Across The Globe From A Banker to an NFT Artist

Amrita Sethi sees words different than most of us, but most importantly, she certainly expresses them in a very spectacular way. Meet UAE’s first NFT Artist.

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If United Nations would be a person, it could as well be Amrita Sethi. She was born and raised in Kenya, is a British citizen of Indian origin, resided through Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, before moving to Dubai in 2007. Amrita’s art reflects her international diversity and combines the sweetness of tradition and storytelling with the energy and technology of the modern world. Let’s mention she’s an award-winning multi-media and NFT/tech artist, but the best is yet to come.

Amrita is a banker turned NFT artist. She had a successful career, spanning 15+ years, in some of the world’s largest multinational banks and insurance companies (HSBC, Barclays, and Zurich). About three years ago, Amrita left the corporate world for a deeper calling, which eventually led her to creating a new multi-media art form, she named “Voice Note Art.”

“A word is worth a thousand pictures.”

“What if you could ‘see’ sound? We have all heard of the phrase ‘picture is worth a thousand words,’ but have you ever thought, ‘a word is also worth a thousand pictures?’ Whether it’s a city, a person’s name, a feeling, and any word – there are so many images that come to mind bring that word to life.” As a multi-media and NFT/ tech artist, Amrita brings words and sounds to life, injecting meaning, visuals, audio, and technology into art to tell a story through her Voice note Art © Collection.

Amrita first records a voice note, and captures its fluid shape and structure of the sound wave. Then she hand-draws each vertical line into individual images that encapsulates the beauty, spirit, and essence of that voice note. When it’s complete, it magically combines the artwork with the shape of the sound to create a new Voice note Art ©.

Initially, she creates these artworks digitally. Before she discovered NFT’s, she had to find ways to make these pieces physical, which she did through different mediums, paintings, prints, murals, and live activations. To help bring these 2D images to life, she initially added QR codes that would play back the sound that initially made the artwork-merging her physical art with technology.

First NFT Artist In UAE

This unique idea led to her recognition and winning of the “Outstanding Artist Award” at World Art Dubai in April 2019 and was selected for Expo 2020. Amrita has also created live activations and installations at Art Dubai in March 2019 and the Asia Contemporary Art Fair in Hong Kong in October 2019. She has also painted three murals at the iconic Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.

Amrita then launched her NFT portfolio https://terravirtua.io/artist/Amrita on the digital platform Terra Virtua in October 2020 and became the first NFT artist in the UAE. 

She discovered NFT’s during the lockdown due to COVID as she started exploring ways to take her art digitally.

Amrita’s latest portrait piece is telling the story of the year 2020. “2020” Voice note art – her first piece in full color – explores this unprecedented year. 2020 will go down in history for so many reasons. The “2020” Voice note Art© documents the journey of 2020 and tells its story- the good, the bad, and the downright ugly! Exploring all the events of 2020 right from the Australian bushfires, Kobe Bryant’s tragic death through to the Black Lives Matter, the explosion in Beirut, and of course, tell the story of Corona and its impact on the world. But with crisis also comes opportunity, heart-warming moments as well as amazing displays of kindness and humanity- all captured in her Portrait of the Year 2020. 

She has this animated, which shows the story of Voice note art and showcasing the piece.

When she discovered NFT’s, to her delight, Amrita realized that she could go back to harnessing her full creativity and tell the story digitally, which she did through creating animations. The animations allow the viewer to understand her Voice note Art© through watching the art transform from sound- wave-art.

“To its very core, my art tells a story. We tell stories through our words, and those words turn to sound, and then I capture the sound through art.”

Traditionally, artists have been commissioned to paint portraits of people to capture the essence of them at that moment. Amrita creates modern-day dynamic ‘portraits’ of cities, people, and emotions that use their voice and story, to create a genuinely bespoke artwork combined with technology.

To keep up with Amrita and her NFT journey, you can find her on the following links:

WEBSITE : www.artbyamrita.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/art.by.amrita/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/artbyamrita

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NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art

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Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.

The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.

First edition beyond expectations

“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.

“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”

NFT Show beyond Europe

#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.

With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.

The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.

Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.

Conclusions & Trends

“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.

NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.

“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.

There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.

The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.

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Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10

Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.

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Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.

Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.

Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.

However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.

Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.

It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.

Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.

Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).

Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.

When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.

He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.

KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.

BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:

“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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