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I can and will only make the art I want to make. Art that comes to me from the Muse.
- Alpha Centauri Kid
The first thing you notice when you do a quick Google search for 'ACK,' aka Alpha Centauri Kid, is how little of a digital footprint he leaves behind. There is no wide-stretching "about" page, or any website detailing who he is. In every vendible and marketplace profile defended to ACK's work, he describes himself with the simple dictum: "Letting the whispers of the Muse guide my way."
Alpha Centauri Kid has embraced the anonymity of the blockchain as a form of identity, preferring to let his originative output speak for itself, rather than marketing based on a cult of personality. This method has proven successful for the artist. Since emerging on the scene in 2021, ACK has wilt one of the most prolific and highly valued NFT artists in the space. His often glitchy and humorous style draws on crypto culture for deeper inspiration, with referential and interactive works that explore the nature of memes, the Muse, and Death. But who is he?
SuperRare's Brand Copywriter Chris Kokiousis sat lanugo with the elusive versifier for a Q&A to probe his thoughts on his work, what excites him in the NFT world, and the Muse.
Q&A with SuperRare Versifier ACK
CK: Paint us a picture of your life pre-NFT. What kind of art were you creating, and when did the Muse first appear? Were there any formative experiences that really shaped your originative vision?
ACK: Pre-NFT I was making art and music, but just for myself really. Since childhood, I was unchangingly passionate well-nigh art, creativity, and the role they play in our daily lives.
The Muse first appeared to me when I was in somewhat of a ‘rock-bottom’ personally; without quitting art and music for the second time. I swore it off, but the Muse revived me and I submitted to Her. Since then, She has been prevalent every step of the way. It’s quite wondrous really.
The formative experiences that shaped my originative vision are not doing what others have recommended and pushed on me. I’ve had several big collectors try to dictate the style of art I create, and that’s something that really bothers me and something I could never let happen. I can and will only make the art I want to make. Art that comes to me from the Muse.
CK: How did you get exposed to NFTs, and what was the lightbulb/galaxy smart-ass moment for you well-nigh the technology's potential?
ACK: Beeple’s headlines when in March of 2021 unprotected my eye. Realizing that people superintendency well-nigh memes and art was a major lightbulb for me and I got to work straight away.
CK: The Muse seems to be a crucial part of your creative process, and you mention the Muse in works like "she loves me not." How does the Muse relate to Death? How do you see their relationship?
ACK: This is my favorite question I’ve overly been asked, lol, thank you!
So… In my world, Death has been in love with the Muse for thousands of years, but without reciprocation. The Muse chose life and art instead, so Death’s revenge is taking all life. But, through the Muse, through art, our stories will protract on, leaving Death defeated. Also, I am noticing in real time how heavily influenced I am by the whispers of the Muse and it’s interesting to see what happens and how it affects my art in the short and long term. I wager by the end of my journey, we will see the real squatter of the Muse and the shrine built for Her.
CK: Which of your pieces do you finger the strongest emotional connection to and why? Which piece feels the most personal?
ACK: Hmmm… I have one piece I have not minted yet. It’s sitting here on my iMac and my phone and I think it is the most powerful piece I’ve made thus far. I think considering it reveals the true squatter of the Muse.
As far as minted works go, I would say my piece “crypto art” considering its whole theme is based on the emotions I felt while creating it. Also, “til death do us part” considering I often worry I am running out of time to update it.
CK: What translating would you offer to a new versifier inward the space?
ACK: I would say; Do not follow what everyone else is doing, expressly if it’s things like airdrops… focus on the art. Price low, and don’t rush to mint. I know creatives unchangingly finger like we have to get the next piece out or we will be forgotten but it’s simply not true. I'll shoehorn it’s a struggle though.
CK: What's your translating on pricing for an versifier putting out their first NFT? Any potential pitfalls to avoid?
ACK: I started at .1ETH and have unchangingly recommended the same but I moreover don’t see anything wrong with starting at .5ETH zone either.
CK: How do you tideway towers relationships with collectors in the NFT space? How is it variegated from the traditional art world?
ACK: I don’t know too much well-nigh the trad art world other than what my friends and peers tell me, but it is indeed very salubrious to have good relationships with collectors. At a minimum, good collectors will help weigh nonflexible creative decisions, but moreover not be offended if you segregate to go your own way. I try to not overshare art with collectors or ask too many opinions considering it takes yonder from the mystery of it all.
CK: What ideas and technologies are you most excited well-nigh when it comes to the future of NFTs?
ACK: Being worldly-wise to talk to a canvas and have it talk back.
CK: Tell us a little bit well-nigh the ACK PFP (profile picture) project you have in the works - any new details that you can share with us? How do you hope to differentiate it from other PFP collections?
ACK: With ACKPFP I do one piece on auction, but very spaced out, and with no utility or roadmap nonsense. Certainly I will do airdrops for PFP holders at some point, but they’ll have to be patient as I don’t plan those kinds of things.
I think long term my PFP hodgepodge will be looked when on as important due to me not just dropping trash to get rich quick. I could have washed-up a 10k PFP project but it just sounds wearisome and overcomplicated. Dropping it one at a time moreover helps stave people who are just quick flipping. Most of the people prompting don’t seem like the type to relist the next day for a loss.
CK: You've once achieved so much in the NFT space in a short period of time. Longer term, what would be a dream project/collaboration for you?
ACK: I've wanted to workshop out into trad art on occasion and release a few 1/1 prints and paintings over time. I think having art both on and off the blockchain is important for the longevity of my career. Plus, something just hits variegated well-nigh holding a 1/1 in hand.
Lastly, thank you so much for the interview, it’s been fun and I unchangingly fathom someone who has thoughtful questions well-nigh the Muse, so thank you for taking the time on that. Cheers!
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