May 29, 2022 – unsigned_algorithms 1 year anniversary!

unsigned_algorithms is an NFT project on the Cardano blockchain created by artist Alexander Watanabe as a study of color. The collection of 31,119 pieces and has inspired a devoted community, the formation of a DAO, and has been referred to as one of the “blue chip” Cardano NFT projects.

It is the first algorithmically-created art on Cardano, and the first NFT to live in its entirety on the blockchain.

As photography challenged and helped push painting beyond objective pictorial representation, on-chain art is more than just a storage container for existing forms, it can and should be its own medium to be explored.

Alexander Watanabe

Individual pieces in the collection are called “unsigs,” and an entire vocabulary has grown up around them to describe the colors, forms, and collections to which they belong. All 31,119 pieces have been categorized, discussed, and otherwise scrutinized at length in an effort to discover not only their individual qualities, but to determine rarity for the purposes of collecting.

Even for those that have spent hours looking through the collection piece by piece, unsigned_algorithms continues to generate a sense of wonder and awe in admirers, as individual works of art and within the context of a collection.