Anchor DAO: Empowering Artists and Reinventing Art with NFTs
In the dynamic world of blockchain technology and digital art, Anchor DAO stands as a unique collective of artists and collectors. Primarily based in Europe, their mission is to educate and support NFT artists and collectors with a focus on cybersecurity. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to them about their journey in the NFT space.
Can you tell us about your background and what lead you down the path to becoming an artist and ultimately experimenting with NFTs?
We are a collective of artists and collectors, primarily based in Europe. Anchor DAO was born with the goal to educate NFT artists and collectors about cybersecurity best practices and to support them when security issues arise. Our operations are funded solely by donations, which we mostly use to help victims of scams in distress.
When did you mint your first NFT? What platform did you choose and why?
Our first NFT collection was minted at the end of 2022. Following the tragic events involving young women in Iran, we decided to curate a collection that narrates the history and culture of Iran and empowers women to have a voice. We titled it “Say Her Name” and invited artists from around the world to express their thoughts about the situation. The collection comprises a variety of meaningful artworks, poetry, and music from 23 participants, primarily Iranian women.
For every sale, 10% goes to Anchor DAO funds to support NFT artists and collectors with security issues. If the artist is an Iranian woman, 90% of the sale goes to her. Otherwise, 20% goes to the artist and 70% is used to purchase artwork from an Iranian artist.
We chose to use Foundation for this collection because it aligns with our style. We perceive OpenSea more as a PFP focused platform, while we find Foundation and SuperRare more suitable for 1/1 art.
How did you hear about The Crypt Gallery?
We personally met King Of Midtown and Vasia, and we were instantly drawn to their initiative and dedication. We had the opportunity to visit their galleries in NYC and LA, and we found the experiences they offer to be truly unique.
Why do you think IRL is so important in the space?
Real-life interactions offer a new perspective that adds deeper meaning to everything. The energy exchange that occurs in person is profound and touches parts of your heart that are untouched by virtual experiences.
Can you tell us one thing you cannot live without? (and why)
We can’t live without personal relationships with people who resonate with us. People who share our values and are in harmony with us can amplify our message and make it stronger. We believe in decentralization and the power it holds, and we believe it’s time for people to receive adequate education to use the blockchain for good and attain freedom.
We have the first bid on our Say her name collection 🙌. Thank you @shurooqamin for starting the auction on one of our favourite piece by @NTavallaee .
Let’s make our voices stronger 📣#SayHerName #artcollectors #WomensRights https://t.co/efevoFb4pE
— AnchorDAO (@anchordao) April 5, 2023
Who is your favorite NFT artist? What makes this artist unique?
Archan Nair is our favorite NFT artist. His work is very inspiring and resonates with us at every level, conveying a very positive message.
What made you pursue NFT art?
Art is a form of expression of human consciousness that should not be limited, censored, or centralized. Blockchain represents freedom from agendas and censorship by institutions and countries. NFTs, in our view, are the perfect combination to enable every artist to freely express their messages for humanity.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? Why this location?
We would choose NYC, as it’s alive and vibrant.
What are your other passions besides art? Why?
We are passionate about technology as a tool to improve our lives and about exploring human nature because it never ceases to surprise us.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
The most challenging aspect we have faced is making people understand that security in a decentralized world is essential. Unfortunately, many become interested only after they’ve been scammed, and once the pain subsides, they tend to forget. It’s a constant lesson in the importance of proactive education.
You can explore Anchor DAO’s work and follow their journey on Twitter @anchordao, and their collection on Foundation.