- Macau’s first-ever physical NFT exhibition opens first of May at Lisboeta Macau’s H853 Fun Factory
- CryptoPunks, BAYC and David Yuan among first time showing in Macau
- Grant aims to support and incentivize local metaverse creativeness
MACAU, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Metaverse Industry Association of Macau ("MIAM")’s first NFT exhibition, "Dream Space: New Wave in the Metaverse" ("the Exhibition"), debuted on the Labor Holiday at H853 Fun Factory with 37 artworks from the world’s notable NFT artists. MIAM has also set up a HK$1,000,000 Macau-exclusive creator’s grant fund that asks creators to create Macau-themed avatars, buildings, and games in The Sandbox ("the Grant").
From third from the left: Mr. Álvaro Barbosa, Participating artist; Mr. Cai Guojie, Curator of the Exhibition; Ms. Liz Lin, Co-founder, MIAM; Mr. Thomas Ao, founder and President of MIAM, Partner of Mindfulness Capital; Ms. Christine Hong Barbosa, Vice President of Retail Business Development at Lisboeta Macau; Mr. David Yuan, Participating artist
Mr. Thomas Ao, founder and President of MIAM, remarked, "NFT is one of Metaverse’s core representations. Underneath it is an intricate and intriguing ‘dream space’ that encompasses art, technology, and finance. Having introduced Macau to its first NFT exhibition, MIAM is fulfilling its ambition to propel Macau as part of this inspiring global megatrend."
One exhibit, "Smoochies-LETHAL" by Andreas Ivan, was sold at 37.6 Ethereum (or approximately US$169,231) last year. This artwork is now showing at the Exhibition by courtesy of Mr. Arnaldo Ho. Other famed NFTs and artists participating include CryptoPunks, BAYC (Bored Ape Yacht Club), both courtesy of Coinunited.io, David Yuan, Ting Song and Macau-based Álvaro Barbosa.
Mr. Cai Guojie, curator of the Exhibition and former Visual-Art instructor from Macau Art Museum, noted, "As the first NFT exhibition in Macao, we hope ‘Dream Space’ present the city with the unique blockchain culture. Visitors can dive deep into the features of a crypto artwork and how the tech disruption has eroded traditional galleries, artists and collectors."
Visitors will also be greeted by video screenings from celebrity chef and restauranteur André Chiang’s We Are What We Eat, a performance art feast for all five senses and the world’s only edible NFT dining experience, as well as METASENS, a large-scale metaverse theme park backed by Imperium Technology Group Limited (00776.HK).
To win the Grant, creators are asked to create Macau-themed avatars and buildings around the idea of "Macau – Full of Fun" in The Sandbox.
Commenting on the Grant, Mr. Ao, said, "We are thrilled to be offering this Macau-exclusive creator’s grant, as we take a firm step to support and incentivize local metaverse creativeness."
Multiple Sandbox creators’ works will be showcased in the Exhibition as well. Visitors are invited to experience the fun of creating avatars and architecture at the Sandbox workshop.
Exhibition: Dream Space: New Wave in the Metaverse NFT Art Exhibition
Date: May 1 (Sun.) – 31 (Tues.), 2022, 12:00-22:00
Venue: R38, H853 Fun Factory, Lisboeta Macau, Rua da Patinagem, Cotai, Macau
Admission: Free of charge and no reservation required
Organized by: Metaverse Industry Association Macau
Co-organizer: H853 Fun Factory
MIAM x The Sandbox Grant Fund
Theme: "Macau – Full of Fun"
Now open for application
For rules and details, please visit: https://www.instagram.com/miam_network/
Founded in 2022, the Metaverse Industry Association Macau (MIAM) is committed to supporting the development of metaverse technology and innovations, and to build a community of like-minded industry players and enthusiasts. For more information about MIAM, please visit: https://www.miam.network/. For more updates on the "Dream Space" Exhibition, follow us on https://www.instagram.com/miam_network/
About H853 Fun Factory
Lisboeta Macau H853 FUN Factory is a one-stop retail-tainment space includes exhilarating sports, cultural and art activities, fashions and gourmets everywhere, offers an all-rounded experience, with a commitment to bring in the best products and experience from all aspects. It’s all about FUN. "H" references from the word "home", here at our home full of Macau memories, H853 FUN Factory overs 80% local brands, 5 exclusive attractions and 3 different space-time. Under the skylight coming through the glass canopy, guests are promised with a one of a kind adventure filled with fun.
About The Sandbox
The Sandbox is a decentralized, community-driven gaming ecosystem where creators can share and monetize voxel assets and gaming experiences on the Ethereum blockchain. The Sandbox has over 200 partners including: Adidas, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Ocean Park, Standard Chartered, Regal Hotels Group, Tatler Asia and Sun Hung Kai Company.