It has been revealed that Turkish-American artist, Refik Anadol and UNICEF are auctioning off an artificial intelligence data sculpture as an NFT. The NFT is named “Sense of Healing”. Anadol states that the piece “visualizes therapeutic processes in mental health patients via interpreted datasets of brain activities collected with EEG sensors, fMRI and DTI imaging techniques.
Refik Anadol and UNICEF
This Turkish artist and UNICEF are cooperating with each other. They have created one of the biggest artificial intelligence sculptures in the world called “Sense of Healing”.
It will be auctioned off at the 4th annual UNICEF Summer Gala in Capri, Italy on July 30. All the earnings from the release will be allocated to UNICEF.
The evening will involve a gala dinner and live auction under the stars, all as raising income for the massive charity of UNICEF, and their programs to help children in need. The previous year’s event featured headliners of Adrien Brody, Adriana Lima, Alexander Gilkes, Alicia Silverstone, Andrea Panconesi, Austin Bulter, Caroline Scheufele and others. The ticket options for this evening’s event begin at £10,000 per person or £75,000 per table of ten.
About Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol is a Turkish-American new media artist and designer. His projects include data-driven machine learning algorithms which create abstract, and dream-like environments. A part of being born in Istanbul, Refik Anadol lives and works in LA, California.
Some of Anadol’s works has “Interconnected,” 2,147-square-feet animated art display at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, works onto the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the “Virtual Depictions” project in San Francisco.
Lately, his work has concentrated more on the NFT industry. The previous year, he sold eight NFTs called ‘Machine hallucinations’ for $5M at a Hong Kong event organized by Sotheby. Overall, it set the record for the most expensive NFT sold in Asia by a single artist.
UNICEF in NFTs
UNICEF’s only other movement in the NFT space was announcing a series of NFTs. This was done to help raise money for internet access for school children in impoverished areas. This occurred in December of last year.
The series, at the time, celebrated its 75th anniversary via its first forays into the blockchain space.
Though this is their only NFT work until now, the charity started working in the crypto industry in 2019. That is to say, this was done via the release of CryptoFund, that allows the charity to get, hold, and give away crypto.
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