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Day in the Life: Follow digital artist Olive Allen as she reaches NFT NYC, poses with a hero, and gets bored at ApeFest

NFT NYC, the leading non-fungible token conference, began Monday in Times Square. To guide us through the madness, we asked digital artist Olive Allen (@IamOliveAllen), who has seen every iteration since NFT NYC’s inception in 2019, to tell a day in his life during the cryptocurrency carnival.

It’s been nearly five years since I attended my first cryptocurrency conference. A lot has happened since then. I’ve met thousands of people: VCs, developers, founders, artists, and scammers. I experienced the bear market, I created my startup, I lived in Silicon Valley, I became one of the first so called “NFT artists” and I had my first exhibition in a traditional gallery. It definitely feels like you’ve lived several lifetimes, and now everything is coming full circle and changes for me and the industry are on the horizon once again. But stop talking about the feelings: let’s dive into my first day at NFT NYC.

Set the alarm for 7 am Press the snooze button and it wakes me up at 8 am

The morning. All photos: Olive Allen.

7:00 am

Set the alarm for 7:00. Press the “snooze” button and I wake up at 8:00

"Women in Web3: her dreams come true" in Westfield in One World Trade.  Photo: Olive Allen.

“Women In Web3: Her Dreams Realized” at Westfield in One World Trade.

10:00 in the morning

I went to the creators’ preview of “Women in Web3: Her Dreams Realized”, a digital art exhibition at One World Trade Center curated by Afrodet Zuri in collaboration with Westfield and the NFT Blockparty platform. The work of six extraordinary artists, myself included, was displayed on giant LED screens in the transportation hub. What’s interesting about the show is that photos and short biographies of each artist were also displayed on giant screens. The show will take place simultaneously in Westfield shopping malls in the United States. Digital art is undoubtedly the medium of the future: it transcends space and is infinitely scalable.

Official NFT.nyc identification badge.

Olive Allen collects her NFT NYC badge at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Olive Allen (left) with Anne Spalter.

Allen (left) with Anne Spalter.

11:00 am

I went to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to collect my NFT NYC badge. I was greeted by a long line and a jazz band. There was a sea of ​​people from all walks of life trying to make it through the NFT world. I came across Anne Spalter, an extraordinary generative artist. I admire Anne for her incredible consistency and respect for her beliefs.

Casual man with casual art.

Casual man with casual art.

half past twelve

Around 12:30 at the Marriott near the badge pick-up: I saw a random guy shelling out his “art”.

The scene in Times Square.

The scene in Times Square.

13:30

I went out and the first thing I saw was this banner. Is the universe trying to tell me something? Is it finally time to build something bigger than me?

Olive Allen.

Olive Allen.

15:00

I was nearly eaten by a voxel dragon at the Sandbox event. Survived.

A panel at the Sandbox.

A panel at the Sandbox.

4:00 pm

Keith Grossman, president of TIME, has announced its collaboration with the Sandbox game. Sandbox is a Web3 company that aims to build a decentralized metaverse where everyone can create their own game and monetize their content, land, etc. TIME Web3 initiatives are now focused on building an authentic community in space and beyond.

CADAF NFT Marketplace IRL Launch Event at the National Arts Club.

CADAF NFT Marketplace IRL Launch Event at the National Arts Club.

17:00

Going to the National Arts Club for an exhibit I co-curated [Pace Gallery media arts director] Raina Mehler for the new CADAF marketplace built on the Tezos blockchain. The show featured rather unique NFT pieces by well-known young traditional artists such as Emma Stern and Canyon Castator; digital art legends like Addie Wagenknecht and Anne Spalter; as well as NFT natives like me and Yulia Shur. These artists have managed to capture the essence of our times and I know that deep down you will see them in all the most important museums of the future.

At the show, I ran into a bunch of people, but I wish I had spent more time talking to my artist friends Austin Lee and Chloe Karayiannis. The truth is artists are my favorites people. Pure souls. Good, at least most of them.

World of monkeys.

Apefest on the roof of Pier 17.

19:00 ish pm

Went to the Apefest on the roof of Pier 17 with an Ape owner friend who flew from Switzerland to participate the monkey festival. I saw Beeple. Sometimes it feels like he’s just there so random siblings can take a picture with him and post it on encrypted Twitter to boost engagement. I didn’t want to interrupt.

After about 15 minutes, I couldn’t help but wonder who was most bored: the inflatable bee outside the club or myself. There were long lines for free booze and bored people who didn’t care much for “art”. It was hard to say what he cared about at that point.

Maybe we are all quite alone at the end of the day, we want to “belong” and are looking for meaningful connections … That’s what “community” is: a hope to find your tribe.

The roof at Pier 17.

The roof at Pier 17.

9:00 am

Questlove has started performing. She was fine.

Life is Beautiful.

Life is Beautiful.

22:00

Yes, I needed this iconic shot. It ended with an ugly edition poster of a monkey. Life is great.

11:00 am

I didn’t feel exceptionally creative either went to see [DJ] Steve Aoki at the Sandbox party in Gotham Hall. Everyone in crypto knows that the “community” would always flock to a party with an advertised artist. If they don’t, they will always FOMO. And I was right: I’ve seen several major technology collectors and entrepreneurs.

The artist with a Playboy bunny.

The artist with a Playboy bunny.

I have no idea why there were Playboy playmates there. Never seen one before. I thought they had been canceled even before my time for promoting misogynistic body standards and fashion. Why do they still exist in 2022? Sandbox event planners are very attentive to their audience: Generation X and older millennials. This explains Playmates, Aoki, Snoop Dogg and the pixelated aesthetic. Nostalgia is the atmosphere of the company.

I gave my cat an Ape poster.

I gave my cat an Ape poster.

half past twelve

I came home relieved that I wasn’t born in the 1980s and my generation didn’t grow up reading Playboy and he generally doesn’t embrace Bored Apes as compelling characters or see them as quality works of art. There is hope that the younger generation will end up making the world a better place after all. And we are. The future has only one direction and is forward. See through the noise: we will have to evolve as a species to survive.

NFT is a technology that enables our transition to another realm by enabling the metaverse economy. Digital art powered by NFT technology is the future of art. Digital currency is the future of money. Humans merge with AI and become interplanetary species is critical to our survival. The future is inevitable. The only choice we really have is whether we will make efforts to make it better than the world we know.

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