The Centrefold Project has invited Botto as one of seven artists to be featured in its serial scrapbook. The 11th scrapbook in 18 years, this will be the first digital version and will be minted as an NFT and featured on the curated platform Verse.Works.
This proposal is to approve Botto’s participation through six submitted fragments, selected from a pool of the top 1000 discards by raw score, that the Centrefold team will have freedom to contextualize for the art book.
Centerfold is a scrapbook collaboration that was started originally in 2004 by artist Reza Aramesh. Over 10 editions, Reza has invited many of London’s leading artists to contribute to the physical book, including Paul Noble (represented by Gagosian Gallery), Ellen Cantor, Francis Upritchard, who represented New Zealand at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and the 2008 Turner Prize nominee Goshka Macuga.
The original Centrefold sits in the tradition of collage, montage and papier collé. Reza about the project: "Scrapbook takes its cue from the childhood fascination for collecting and collating, the improvised cutting and pasting through which a constellation of interests and desires are brought together. A group show in its own right.”
For the 11th edition, Reza is turning the scrapbook project into digital form for the first time. Participating artists are Ann Ryan, Goshka Macuga, Katy Moran and a few more yet to be revealed.
They want to make use of Botto’s discards as scraps from its process, with a focus on appreciating the gems overlooked. General process
- Create pool of top 1000 Discards
- DAO votes and top 6 are sent to Centrefold
- Centrefold is free to interpret the pieces to help signify them as scraps form Botto’s process
This process fits as a type of collaboration for Botto, rather than a derivative project. This would be further highlighting and contextualizing Botto’s process right around the time of Botto’s anniversary and as we look into the second period, which itself would be a moment of evolving Botto’s process.
This is very likely the first interactive ebook NFT created by a group of artists, and will be featured on the site verse.works. Verse have featured major names in the NFT space as curators and artists, and will be leading the technical development of launching the interactive ebook as an NFT. https://verse.works/
This group of collaborators will bring together collectors from both the traditional and crypto art worlds. The NFT Centrefold NFT will be launched with a physical event during Frieze Art Fair in London, where they are inviting all museum curators who are serious followers of this project. Centrefold has been collected by many major collections including the Tate and the Andrea Zabludowicz collection.
- Special voting round will run 1st of Aug 11:00CEST (5am ET) to 7th of August 11:00CEST (5am ET). It would not interfere with the regular weekly voting round.
- Voting pool will be the top 1000 discards (fragments culled from the main voting pool) by raw score
- Users may use their existing voting points to vote in this pool
- The top 6 by VP score will be given to Centrefold to contextualize
- Copyright of the original fragments are retained, but Centrefold has requested we do not re-mint the fragments elsewhere so that their existence becomes fully enmeshed in the Scrapbook. If they do not use all 6 fragments, they are OK with us minting those remaining ones elsewhere.
- The eBook NFTs will be sold on Verse.Works
45% goes to centrefold, 10% to Verse Gallery, 45% split among 7 artists + 1 NFT to each participant (only one for the DAO)
- There have not been other opportunities considered for discards to compare this project to
- As a new type of collaboration, there is an undetermined narrative to define.
- As an innovative NFT project that is minting an interactive ebook, there are technical uncertainties
- While revenue splits have been defined, the edition size and price are still to be determined.