In the heart of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, WEN TOKYO and UltraSuperNew Gallery collaborated on an extraordinary digital art exhibition that took place from May 6-10, 2023 called “Reaching For The Future” — a groundbreaking art NFT event that featuring 26 talented artists from around the world, curated by A-Mashiro and Yi-Wen Lin.
A-Mashiro is a Tokyo-based artist with over two decades of experience in various creative fields, while Wen is a London-based creative coder and generative artist originally from Taiwan. Together, they curated a stunning collection of NFT artworks that showcased the cutting edge of digital art.
As the opening day approached, the team worked tirelessly to ensure that everything was in order. The atmosphere was tense, but there was also a sense of excitement in the air. We knew that we were about to unveil something truly special to the world.
When the day finally arrived, the gallery was transformed into a veritable wonderland of digital art. The artworks were displayed on screens and projected onto the walls, creating a dynamic and immersive experience for visitors. As the guests started to arrive, the energy in the room began to build.
One of the highlights of the event was the Collector’s Talk fireside chat, which took place on the second day. The discussion was led by Cryptolibertarian x Pochita x JELLY.lens, and it provided a fascinating glimpse into the world of NFT art and collecting. Later that day, we also held a separate fireside chat with A-Mashiro and Wen, where they talked about their inspiration and creative processes.
On the third day, we swapped out the artworks for a new set of pieces from the 26 featured artists. But the real excitement came with the SPECIAL DROP from Mashiro and Wen, where they released a series of generative art NFTs that were custom coded by Wen and WEN TOKYO’s development team. Each NFT was unique, and it generated a one-of-a-kind artwork for the collector. This was the first time a generative NFT artwork was completely create on-chain.
The final day of the event was bittersweet. We were thrilled with the success of the show, but we were also sad to see it come to an end. To close out the event, we held a fireside chat with TAKAWO x Alexis André, which was the perfect way to say goodbye.
“Reaching For The Future” NFT art show was an incredible experience. It was a true collaboration between some of the most talented and innovative artists in the world, and it showcased the limitless potential of digital art.
I would like Japanese artists to know that there are many different types of NFT. In particular, the existence of works such as the ones we are exhibiting are almost unknown in Japan. They are all very well known artists in the global NFT scene. Perhaps it would not have been possible to exhibit all these artists together without this timing. I would like to bridge the gap between this world and Japan. This exhibition is divided into 2 parts, with all artists’ works being replaced on the 8th of May. There will also be an event to discuss NFT art from various perspectives. I hope that artists, collectors, and many others who view this exhibition will discover a new fascination with NFT art and be inspired to dive into this world themselves.
Here’s a list of all participating artists from the show:
Ben Kovach — @bendotk
Ben Zank — @ben_zank
Che-Yu Wu — @cheyuwu345
Cath Simard — @cathsimard_
Clément Morin — @clementmor1
CMPLX — @socmplxd
Dangiuz — @dangiuz
DeeKay — @deekaymotion
Emily Xie — @emilyxxie
Grant Riven Yun — @GrantYun2
Ippsketch — @ippsketch
Jake Fried — @jakejfried
Jeremy Booth – @jeremybooth
Joe Pease — @joepease
mae — @enixsta
Matt DesLauriers — @mattdesl
Mera Takeru – @mera_takeru
omentejovem — @omentejovem
Other World — @otherworld_xx
Per Kristian Stoveland — @perkwerk_
Reuben Wu — @Reuben_Wu
pho — @photonisdead
Rik Oostenbroek — @RikOostenbroek
Ryan Koopmans — @ryankoopmans
Summer Wagner — @bugindreamland
Shavonne Wong — @shavonnewong_
Takuroman – @TryingUnity
Thomas Lin Pedersen — @thomasp85
tjo — @0xTjo
William Mapan — @williamapan