Manchester's First Immersive Digital Art & NFT Party

A groundbreaking event by KnownOrigin is coming to No. 1 Circle Square next week.

By Steven Pankhurst | 28 September 2021

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KnownOrigin, the premium destination to discover and buy rare digital artworks which are digitally signed and verified through the blockchain are putting on an immersive gallery on Friday 1st October 2021 at No. 1 Circle Square.

Based in Manchester and founded by David Moore, Andy Gray and James Morgan in early 2018, KnownOrigin became one of the earliest and fastest growing Ethereum art platforms. To date they have sold over 14 million dollars of assets to a new wave of collectors.

Digital Natives will showcase top-selling British artist XCOPY and feature pioneering digital artists of the NFT and crypto art world, such as generative & MoMA permanent resident artist Brendan Dawes, and the creator of EVOL, 3D digital artist KidEight. Attendees will also witness a live performance by abstract artist Jake-Andrew, who will be creating an original artwork specifically for this event.

EVOL by KidEight

“We are excited to bring some of the most innovative creative talent from the digital world to this in real-life event in Manchester to celebrate #cryptoart and KnownOrigin” said founder, Andy Gray.

Digital Natives will also showcase Digital Fashion NFTs from 3D designers across the world, such as fashion surrealist Thedholes, and will include an exciting partnership with digital fashion retailer, DRESSX, to gift digital outfits to twenty winners from their Met Gala-inspired collection METaverse.

Akira_Kernel by Thedholes

“The last 3 years have been wild, we have seen digital art and NFTs go from relative obscurity to appearing on Saturday Night Live. I never imagined that this small movement started by a handful of artists and tech enthusiasts would accelerate the creator economy we all see today” said founder, David Moore.

Attendees will not only get immersed in the artworks, but they will also be able to purchase them during the event, which will be elevated by DJ Hey Dan alongside canapés, drinks and all round good vibes.

Digital Natives aims to not only be a celebration but also an opportunity to meet other creatives and industry leaders to learn about the NFT space. Prior to the main event, starting at 3:30pm, KnownOrigin’s headquarters will be holding a series of workshops by pioneers and experts from across the Metaverse, such as digital fashion designer Charli Cohen, Achilleas Sarantaris from Async Art, Holly Atkinson from Boson Protocol, and editor of CYBR Magazine, James Joseph.

This event will gather the creative community of artists and tech entrepreneurs for an unprecedented night in the North West of England.

What are NFTs?

2021 saw an explosion in digital art / NFT sales! But what are NFTs (Non-fungible tokens)? The origins of NFTs can be traced back to Rare Pepes on top of Bitcoin. However you’ve likely heard of Cryptokitties, a blockchain game on Ethereum, which helped elevate NFTs into the spotlight in 2017. Since then the market has moved on from just gaming to include unique items including art collections, trading cards, and even real estate.

According to the recent report from Nonfungible and L’Atelier, the NFT market grew 299% in 2020, jumping to $250 million from the $62 million it was worth in 2019.

What attracts collectors to this emerging asset class is that every token is unique and, unlike other digital collectibles, NFTs are recorded on immutable ledgers (Blockchains) meaning that a collector always actually owns their collectible and knows the true scarcity of the item due to this information being publicly available.

It is of great significance that this unprecedented event will take place in Manchester, a city that has always flourished throughout revolutionary eras, and that is renowned for producing talented artists and technology innovations.


Digital Natives – A Celebration of Digital Art & NFTs

Venue: No.1 Circle Square, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7FS
Dates: Friday 1st October 2021
Times: 3pm til late

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