I wanted to give a brief update to the community, as it’s been a couple of weeks since we had our last Sunday Sessions on Twitter Spaces, and not all of our members are part of our Discord or follow us on Twitter.
You might have noticed that at the start of February the team took a small break for a week. This was after four months of non-stop building, and we wanted to ensure that we didn’t burn out!
During the break, we managed to get a few days of rest but as I’m sure you can understand it was hard for us to completely switch off.
Chris and I, along with the rest of the team and some of our advisors continued to chat, reflecting upon our mission, the roadmap ahead, and the upcoming transition into functioning DAO. Constantly asking ourselves what more we can do to ensure that we remain the world’s best generative art community - constantly pushing boundaries and setting benchmarks in this exciting new creative renaissance.
Toward the end of the break we got our Governance Forum up and running, meaning that members could login via their wallet to participate in long form debate and discussion regarding core GEN.ART Improvement Proposals (GIPs). This is a big achievement - the forum and the integration of the ‘wallet login’ technology.
At the moment I’m focused on preparing an important GIP that will hopefully act as an example for future GIPs proposed by members in terms of structure, level of detail, debate amongst members through to progressing to voting and implementation.
You’ll have seen us talk about this GIP on Twitter as well as within Discord - the next iteration of the GEN.ART Ecosystem.
Taking all that we have learned over the past four months, and implementing those changes to ensure the long term success of GEN.ART. This covers everything from drop mechanics, technology supported for drops, drop sizes, how the governance token, membership and art components all interact. Even stuff as simple as how to take into our own hands the fact that each of our drops should have their own collection on OpenSea - something we could never have predicted that we’d need to do, because of OpenSea’s inaction.
This will be a complete rewrite of our ecosystem, and it’s important to get it right. Following the vote and progression to the implementation stage, we’re going to be spending a lot of time and money writing new solidity contracts. And, as I’m sure you know by now, on the blockchain it’s write once, edit never.
If you’ve ever spent more than 5 minutes on our Discord, there’s one thing I am confident in - there’s no problem too large or too complicated for our incredible community of members.
In terms of upcoming drops, we have a lot of amazing artists on the roster. We’re just finalising the supporting technology for what we hope will be the next release. If we can’t get the technology to a robust place, we will simply swap the next two artists around, so that we don’t delay too much.
This week we hope to launch the long awaited Print Shop. We’ve partnered with a studio called The Print Space. After analysing all of the potential studios we could have partnered with, this studio offered a very strong mix of capabilities: print methods, print paper, technology API, and shipping and distribution.
That’s it for now, but as always, thanks for your continued support. We’ll keep building and working on pushing our core founding values forward.