A Turkish artist in the world of oil: Tariq Tolunay

Tariq Tolunay, the creator of ‘live’ maps reflecting the history and day of Istanbul, sold his works in the world of oil.

Completed by artist Tariq Tolunay, who introduced himself as ‘urbanization’ during the quarantine process, and Eminönü, reflecting the historic Galata Bridge and Karakoy, ‘Pandem’ was recently sold to an Iranian collection for about $ 36,000. (approximately 260,000 TL).

Haydarpasa Train Station, one of Istanbul’s iconic buildings, and the “Panorama of Haydarpasa” about its surroundings were completed in late 2019, with an offer of about $ 90,000.

These sales are among the first large-scale NFT sales from Turkey. Digital works sold over the Internet are certified by NFT, in other words ‘non-mushroom verses’ in English.

NFT, also known as ‘Beeple’, came up with the sale of an artist named Mike Winkelmann for $ 69 million.

NFTs, which can be defined as certificates representing the existence and authenticity of works in a digital environment, also represent rarity and ownership.

Tariq Tolunay, who lives in Istanbul and has been featured in various newspapers and humorous magazines for many years, combines the historical details of Istanbul and the details of the city’s daily life with stories and copies the maps of Istanbul with his interpretations and figures, with his work on ‘Fractal Istanbul’. integrates in the project.

Tolunay said he plans to sell his other works as NFT soon:

“Fractal Istanbul is a project designed for many channels. In fact, it was not produced as NFT, but it was very suitable for the environment. I have been watching the world of crypto for a long time. I have researched, mastered and launched this world of NFT in the last 2-3 months. “

‘NFT promises a fairer system’

NFT, as it is used today, gives artists many advantages, both economically and in terms of accessibility.

For example, thanks to this system, the artist eliminates auction companies or art galleries, and at the same time reaches out directly to buyers by taking a different percentage of the digital art sold when changing hands.

Tolunay welcomes all these developments:

“We are getting rid of intermediaries like gallery owners and publishers. Such intermediaries consider the creator, who is the main actor, to be very few. Galleries receive 60-70% commission. But now I get 15% commission. These new platforms. Not less, but the commission in the existing system. according to the proportions. “Less painful than us. NFT promises us a fairer system, which is a good offer. “

NFTs use blockchain technology, such as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and transactions are recorded using this technology.

Tolunay also emphasizes that the sale of ‘Pandemic’ on the blockchain is important in terms of proving the value of art:

“With this sale, the value of Fractal Istanbul has been proven in everyday life and my name is well known in the world of digital art. It is a matter of pride. Of course there was concern. When you enter that channel you will not meet your expectations and may be disappointed. I feel good and I expect a result. I got it. “

Tolunay said that he found a buyer a few hours after the sale of ‘Pandemic’, and linked this success to Istanbul as a city.

“Istanbul is so well-known and a magical city that it attracts attention wherever it shows itself. From another point of view, we distinguish it from others by placing Istanbul, with its sesame-scented mosques and bridges, among the most futuristic works in the NFT world.”

‘NFT is a tool, not a goal’

In an interview with BBC Turk last October, Tolunay told the story of the ‘live and timeless’ maps of Istanbul, which he completed with months of work, and said that as an artist it was important to keep up with the times and that NFT was a tool, not a goal:

“I still express myself as an urban planner. I’m not an NFT artist, I’m an urbanist. NFT should be a tool, not a goal. I would paint on the walls of the cave, I would have lived in the primitive times, I would have painted in the Middle Ages. If I had lived in the 1800s, I could convey it to people with. ”I tried. I live in this age and today a new tool came out and I use it. It’s all a tool. When painting, the wall was a tool, and now NFT is a tool. The goal is not to make money, the goal is to communicate. “

‘Visual arts took on the role of icebreaker’

Tolunay also argues that this innovation in the digital world is an important development for the visual arts:

“The music and film industry is generally a leader in these areas, but it’s a great opportunity because we’re a leader in this field. We’ve taken on a kind of breaking role, like the visual arts. Turkish artists have adapted a lot to this rising trend around the world.”

Refik Anadol and Murat Pak, two Turkish artists who made a name for themselves in the art world.

Recently, there have been different interpretations of the future of NFTs. It is widely believed that NFTs are more likely to be in the digital world due to the pandemic, and that this excitement will diminish like a ‘bubble’. However, many believe that the NFT rush will continue.

Tolunay thinks that NFT will affect many sectors besides the art world, but we need to be careful about this change.

“It is clear that NFT is an innovation, it can be said that it works fairer than the current system. But we should not see it as a holy savior or call it a ‘revolution’.” “We shouldn’t believe that.” immediately sweet sleep. We will see in the coming days how this will be formed in real life, “he said.

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