What is Glitch Forge?
Glitch Forge is an NFT platform specializing in hybrid generative projects that create art that using both programming tools and raw materials to forge new art when collectors mint it. The platform exists to be a place for tool-builders and non-code-oriented artists to work together to create unique projects that couldn’t exist in a strictly code-based environment. Glitch art has always been about navigating aesthetic spaces between pure code art, wild uncontrolled errors, and combining entropy with intent. We also have an on demand feature for non-generative artists to launch pre-made collections. It draws from everything we love about NFTs: the platforms, the creativity, blockchain integration, and the community. The primary goal is to create a niche community platform that draws together talented artists of different kinds and gives them a chance to create hybrid art that surprises. Further, there has not yet been a platform dedicated to the dense intersection of generative art and glitch art. The key niche that Glitch Forge fills is the complex backend and custom project building that allows for a large library of imagery to function in cooperation with a code-base to produce glitch art.
Many highly creative artists, who push the boundaries of digital art, are drawn to the Tezos blockchain - one of the best reasons to explore Tezos cryptocurrency is the art culture that has grown there. It began primarily for price control and accessibility of the art, for some it was about proof-of-stake networks having a smaller carbon footprint. Ethereum gas prices are so high right now, and would likely cost ~$200-$300 just to mint a single piece. In light of this, Tezos has become a haven of many artists who either couldn’t afford to mint on Ethereum, or simply don’t want their collectors to pay the price of minting on Ethereum. While NFTs exist on other cheaper chains like Solana and Avax, we like the community and vibes of Tezos.
What artists/projects will be featured on Glitch Forge?
Artists will ultimately be chosen via extremely clandestine rituals accompanied by wooden flute in an old haunted bootlegger's cellar. Our non-absolute criteria are as follows. Hit as many of these as possible.
- Our focus is on "glitch" art - which for our purposes just means art that combines un-glitched materials with code processes in some fashion. Some purists demand that true "glitch" be unpredictable and almost un-reproducible. That is absolutely an art form we hold in high regard, but for practical reasons we focus on glitch *aesthetics* over actual errors and digital effects over analog (even though analog glitch art is a rich field of expression). That said, we *absolutely* want to include artists who don’t normally make glitch art, and are able to stray into the genre and offer an exciting take.
- We'll try not to release similar projects, so if your project resembles too closely something already released on Glitch Forge, we will help differentiate it.
- Projects have to be glitchsthetically awesome with artistic depth.
- Artists who have a history of successful glitch art.
- Coders who have a talent for tool design and want to create signature works with artists.
- Projects that embody a sublime and pristine take on classic Glitch Tropes.
- Projects that push the boundaries of the genre forward, into new directions.
- Projects that make a unique statement within the realm of Glitch.
- Projects that have a broad range of output, so that every generative piece is unique.
How do I submit my art on Glitch Forge?
There are two ways to submit art on GlitchForge. 1) Our Blind Mint feature. You can visit www/glitchforge.xyz/ondemand and submit a premade set of art, which will be divvied out at random as collectors mint. All such collections will be reviewed by the admins before going live. The collections are subject to our curating criteria as described below. 2) Our pride and joy, the Generative Glitch Art. These are generative art scripts that can draw on raw materials. DM @GlitchForge or contact one of the team members if you are interested. There is a sandbox here with the basic p5.js project template that can be forked https://github.com/mugungalabz/glitchforge_sandbox.
How will Glitch Forge differ from other NFT Platforms?
Because every project is meant to be a custom creation that combines code and raw materials, we try to hand-select projects to ensure that each collaboration is a success. We also intend to keep collection sizes relatively low. The intent is to reach a balance of scarcity and artistic quality that maintains value for investors (via secondary sale) and artists (via royalties and floor price) over a very long period of time. The artists and the collectors are the two main pillars of the community and we want to facilitate an environment for them to flourish.
Will my NFTs show up on OBJKT.com?
Will my NFTs show up on OpenSea?
No, not until they integrate Tezos.
What is the roadmap?
Our foremost goal is to establish a solid platform for the glitch community that has 100% consistency of great art. What’s true in crypto, is that if you build something great, it will grow, evolve, merge, fork, collaborate, and bring plenty of excitement. We will adapt to the quickly evolving landscape, and it will be awesome.
How do I purchase an NFT on Glitch Forge?
At any time, you can browse through the collections at www.glitchforge.xyz/ondemand. When you mint a piece from that collection, you will receive one at random. We also hold live auctions for the generative projects. These run for anywhere from 4-48 hours and the times are announced in the Discord. During the auction, you bid for a piece which is generated at the time of the bid. At the end of the auction, only the top X bidders will receive an NFT. Auction sizes run from 8-32 pieces. Finally, the NFTs are available on secondary on Objkt.com
How do the auctions work?
Our auctions have unique and exciting dynamics. Each auction is for a predetermined amount of pieces, ranging from 8-32 pieces in the set. When a bid is placed, a unique piece of art is generated from that collection and is attached to the bid. If, at the end of the auction, the bid is still active, the unique piece will be minted into an NFT to the wallet that placed the bid. A bid can become inactive however, if it falls below the floor of the auction. When this happens, the piece of art for that bid is smelted, and falls into the graveyard below the auction gallery. That piece can not be recovered, however, the wallet that lost the bid can place a new bid. Some points to note:
- Only 1 bid is allowed per wallet per auction
- The auction floor is the amount of the lowest bid in the auciton. If it is an 8 piece auction, the 8th lowest bid is the auction floor. There is no 9th bid.
- You do not lose your coins if you lose your bid. The amount of Tezos needed to cover the bid is tranferred to the NFT smart contract at the time of the bid. If the bid ever falls below the auction floor, the tezos is tranferred back to the wallet.
- Once a piece is smelted, it cannot be retrieved or bid on again. It is gone forever. This means you need to be diligent about increasing your bid if there's a piece you want to keep.
- Once a bid is placed, the bidder can *increase* the bid for that particular piece. This can be done to prevent a piece to being smelted.
- A bid cannot be placed below the auction floor. The transaction will fail.
- Everything resolve with each new Tezos block, which is approximately every 30 seconds. So if you submit a valid bid, but 8 more higher bids are placed in the same block, your bid will fail. You won't lose your Tezos, however.
- The art is minted into an NFT and transferred to the bidder at the END of the auction. Technically there are no NFTs during the auction, only art that can potentially become an NFT.
- The auction has a preset amount of time, but if a bid is submitted near the end of the auction, the timer will be extended. This is to prevent sniping and other shenanigans.