Generative artist Tyler Hobbs and Indigo (Team Dandelion) recognized the QQL community on August 30, ahead of QQL’s upcoming 1-year anniversary on September 28.
Since its launch, QQL has marked its presence with remarkable achievements, including the generation of over 30 million images through its platform, and nearly half a million “favorited” ones.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Hobbs is best known for his widely celebrated Fidenza NFT series and of course, his collaborative generative art experiment, QQL, alongside Dandelion Wist. His unique approach melds algorithms, plotters, and paint, resulting in captivating visual artworks that strikes a balance between computational precision and the messy, organic chaos and beauty of the natural world.
What initially began as a thought experiment between Hobbs and Wist on how to best tap into emergence in generative art, turned into something much bigger – the ability for creators and curators to generate art and mint NFTs that celebrate emergence, unpredictability, and happenstance over forced rarity. The project allows co-creators to spend time exploring the customized algorithm, while refining their artistic taste and preferences.
Through QQL’s exhibitions, collaborations, and artistic expressions, the essence of QQL’s algorithm has certainly broken through our general understanding of generative art – from five-foot tall paintings at Pace Gallery in NYC to the innovative Seed Marketplace, where “seeds” can be listed and bought, and most recently, QQL prints.
The online exhibition “QQL: Parametric Expression,” in collaboration with Pace Verso, featured esteemed artists showcasing their parametric artworks alongside emerging talents from the realm of Web3.
Celebrating QQL’s 1-Year Anniversary
As the vibrant and creative QQL community is on the cusp of celebrating QQL’s one-year anniversary, Hobbs and Team Dandelion promise a jubilant affair for QQL’s two upcoming events:
- September 26 – QQL Metaverse Tour at 6:00pm ET
- September 28 – QQL Live Mint Party at 7:00pm ET
“The community has been paramount in all of this. They are the ones who have shown us what the QQL algorithm is really capable of. Every day, they’ve shown up and defined how we see and understand the range of outputs. It’s led to an explosion of incredible artwork,” Hobbs said.
At the heart of QQL’s success is its vibrant community, which has propelled the algorithm’s potential to new heights. This thriving community has shaped the perception of QQL’s capabilities, turning it into a breeding ground for breathtaking artwork.
“If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to mint a QQL, this Live Mint Party is definitely it,” says Team Dandelion. They also revealed that these mints will be part of “an incredible and unique set.”
Central to the festivities is the creation of a unique series of “Community Mints,” a testament to the talent and dedication of the QQL community members. These are a special set of QQLs generated from some of the mint passes, with official prints available for anyone in the community to collect.
However, QQL prints are only available to the parametric artist (creator of the seed), the minter, and current owner.
Hobbs and Indigo will also be providing half-hour “portfolio reviews” over a first come, first serve video call for mint pass holders who request their opinions on their favorite seeds. Additional details will be announced soon, according to the press release shared with nft now.
The celebrations are also set to include the formation of the “QQL Council,” comprising top QQL community members who have demonstrated their artistic prowess through their impressive QQL creations. This council will provide guidance and insights to mint pass holders, helping them refine their QQL artworks to perfection.
The QQL Council is currently represented by the following Discord users – scottrsmith, Simulacrum#0768, simplyanders, barryw., alohi.eth, .heeey, kregdao, and grammarerror.
As part of the celebrations, Tyler Hobbs, the visual artist behind QQL, along with Indigo, will offer portfolio reviews to mint pass holders. This opportunity allows participants to gain valuable insights from the creators themselves.
Additionally, a Metaverse Tour is scheduled, offering a guided exploration of a virtual exhibition featuring QQLs finest works.
QQL Metaverse and Live Mint Party
The pinnacle of the festivities will be:
- a special guided tour of a metaverse exhibition that features the QQL Analogs, the Parametric Expressions collection from Pace, and double-curated collection of some of the greatest QQLs the community has generated; and
- the Live Mint Party on September 28, an event brimming with excitement, real-time commentary, and the unveiling of the Community Mints at Hobbs’ Discord. You can view the Discord invite here.
Scheduled for September 28th on Tyler’s discord, this party promises to be an immersive and unforgettable experience.
The Future of QQL
For those seeking to embark on their QQL creative journey, this anniversary celebration presents an ideal opportunity. The carefully curated activities reflect the essence of QQL – a collaborative and vibrant community united by a shared passion for artistic expression.
As QQL’s 1-year anniversary draws near, the anticipation and excitement within the community continue to build, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the algorithm’s creative journey.
Editor’s note: This article was written by an nft now staff member in collaboration with OpenAI’s GPT-4.