In each VR scene, Fogden immerses you in dark muted tones, and adds a flash of light or shard of bright colour, stark geometric shapes, ambient textures and 3D floating sculptures. Music, a constant in these scenes, is spatially mirroring the atmosphere and mood of the space you’re in, as it morphs into a different tune when you move around.
Reflecting on his journey, Fogden takes stock of the impact of crypto and NFT technologies on the digital art world as well as the wider art market.
Although he believes you can achieve anything with a little bit of persistence and the right resource, he is under no illusion that they are no systemic barriers, particularly for female artists. However, he believes in the possibilities that NFT and crypto art unlock for digital artists that have traditionally been “invisibles”: women, people from ethnic minority groups, or with disabilities of all sorts are now on a more equal footing.
The technologies have opened up platforms where digital artists can organise and make themselves and their art more visible.
“You can now have a network of women creators who can support each other, and they’re selling their NFTs, creating their own shows and can mobilise themselves without having to appeal to an establishment owned by a group that doesn’t have any empathy for them,” says Fogden.
With a market where so much is going on, especially NFTs and crypto where an overwhelming amount of art is produced and available for sale, some may argue that output should be curated so that people can make sense of it and make it more manageable for collectors.