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Agoria NFTs and music performance is coming to Musée d’Orsay in Paris

January 24, 2024
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Image credit: Musée d’Orsay / photo: Julien Benhamou

Key takeaways

  1. French DJ and electronic producer Agoria joins Musée d’Orsay in a pioneering fusion of NFT art and live music.
  2. Agoria NFTs and music performance merge 19th-century art with modern digital innovation.
  3. Agoria’s venture into Web3 and NFTs exemplifies a new era of artistic expression and audience engagement in music and art.

The French DJ and music producer Agoria is joining forces with Musée d’Orsay, marking a first in the world of NFTs and live performance art. 

This ground-breaking collaboration bridges the gap between the historical 19th-century art and the modern-day technology.

It follows the museum’s recent partnership with the Tezos Foundation, which aims to integrate blockchain-backed artworks and on-chain digital artists with the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Le Code d’Orsay exhibition preview.

The Musée d’Orsay, nestled in the heart of Paris, stands as a testament to artistic brilliance, housing the world’s most extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. 

Now, it embarks on an unprecedented journey with Agoria, a leading DJ, electronic music producer, and multidisciplinary digital artist known off-stage as Sébastien Devaud. Together, they are crafting an experience titled “Le Code d’Orsay,” (meaning The Code of Orsay) a unique exhibition set to run from February 13 to March 10, 2024.

The innovative Agoria NFTs and biological generative art

At the heart of this collaboration are two innovative artworks created by Agoria in collaboration with two other artists. The first, created in collaboration with artist Johan Lescure, presents the innovative sculpture “Σ Lumina.” This interactive piece is a gateway to digital art, where visitors play a creative role using their breath.

The sculpture casts a QR code shadow, leading to digital artworks derived from selected museum masterpieces. When visitors scan the QR code and blow on their phone’s microphone, their unique breath patterns transform the digital piece, making each interaction distinct.

These personalized artworks can be preserved as NFTs through ‘live minting’ on the Tezos blockchain. Additionally, Agoria and Lescure will craft original works inspired by these visitor-generated pieces, with part of the proceeds from sales benefiting the museum.

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A preview of the sculpture “Σ Lumina,” by Agoria and Johan Lescure. Photo: Cédric Corroy

The second artwork, “Interpretation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae of The Painter’s Studio by Gustave Courbet,” establishes a unique blend of art and science. For this piece, Agoria collaborates with scientists Nicolas Desprat, Jean-Baptiste Boulé, Manuel Théry, and Julien Mozziconacci for an artistic interpretation of Gustave Courbet’s “The Painter’s Workshop.”

This creative piece features an innovative experiment in which Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cultures are used to represent key historical events of Courbet’s life. The resulting data from this cultivation animates “The Painter’s Workshop,” infusing life into Courbet’s masterpiece and offering a digital reimagination of the painting.

As part of the exhibition, Agoria will also present an audio tribute to the Musée d’Orsay, offering a unique auditory experience to the visitors. This tribute will be revealed during a special DJ set by Agoria in the museum’s nave, adding a musical dimension to the visual and interactive art forms on display.

Inside the visionary artistic world of Agoria

Agoria NFTs and work are a fusion of reality and the virtual world, and stand at the forefront of the evolving Web3 space. Agoria’s unique approach to art involves the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and data from living organisms, a practice he terms “biological generative art.” 

His innovative method bridges the gap between the tangible and the intangible, blending the physical world with the mysterious realms of the digital and the cryptic.

In his collaborations and solo projects, Agoria constantly seeks to reverse the traditional relationship between the digital and physical worlds. His aim is to make the digital realm more sensitive, creating a seamless bond between the two. 

His works are explorations of the interplay between art, music, science, and the Metaverse, reflecting his dedication to pushing the boundaries of digital art and its potential in reshaping the way we experience and interact with art.

Agoria’s involvement in the Web3 ecosystem exemplifies the growing trend of artists exploring this new frontier. 

You can find Agoria NFTs also on the Metaverse

Before his groundbreaking collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Agoria had already made significant strides in the Web3 space, particularly with his earlier venture involving The Sandbox, a leading platform in the Metaverse. 

Through this collaboration, Agoria showcased his talent for creating immersive digital experiences, where art and music transcend traditional boundaries. He created an Avatar collection that notably supports LGBTQ+ and minority communities intending to create a “safe space for the transcendence of our virtual selves.” 

This prior collaboration serves as a precursor to his work with the Musée d’Orsay, underlining his commitment to exploring and harnessing the potential of digital spaces. 

A new benchmark for artists in the Web3 era

Agoria’s foray into the intersection of art, music, and technology, especially through his collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, sets a new benchmark for artists in the Web3 era. 

Their collaboration and Agoria NFTs are a shining example of the evolution of art and music, highlighting the endless possibilities that new technologies offer. It paves the way for future collaborations and innovations, where technology not only complements but elevates the world of art and music.

As we move forward, we can expect to see more artists and institutions following this path, blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. 

The future of music and art looks brighter and more exciting than ever, filled with endless opportunities for innovation and engagement at the crossroads of music and cutting-edge technology.

Sabrina Bonini

Sabrina Bonini is a content specialist, writer, and educator focused on Web3 and entrepreneurship. She started her career as an audio engineer and musician, and has been passionate about the intersection of music and cutting-edge technology since then.

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