A Historic First Appearance of NFT Art at Hong Kong’s Most Prominent FinTech Expo
A Pioneering Move to Strengthen the Exchange’s Competitiveness Amid Global Crypto Boom
Hong Kong, November 3, 2021 – AAX, the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange to be powered by LSEG Technology, is announcing its entry into the global NFT marketplace with the introduction of five NFT artworks that will be exhibited at the Hong Kong Fintech Week 2021. The NFT art pieces originating from AAX will bring to life the thematics of ‘Crypto Gods’ and are co-created with FrankNitty3000, a visual motion artist whose work has been exhibited at the Gucci Garden in Florence, galleries in Amsterdam, London, Beijing and Tokyo.
Ben Caselin, Head of Research & Strategy at AAX said, “We believe it’s the right time to introduce an NFT marketplace to the AAX platform, not because the biggest players in this industry are making similar moves, but because we see enormous potential in how NFTs drive the adoption of crypto and because we see the significance of what NFTs in a wider macro context.”
Before unveiling more details about its NFT marketplace and this new initiative, AAX Exchange hopes to engage users in a deeper reflection of how art, celebrities, and pop culture play a major and impactful role in the world of crypto. By collaborating with the artist, AAX also aims to capture the deeper principles underlying crypto culture and practice, notably decentralization, immutability, and innovation, to name a few. Through conversations about the soon-to-be minted NFT pieces, art enthusiasts, crypto investors, and pundits may hopefully be able to reflect on the interconnection between modern society and NFTs and realize the momentum at which innovation in the fintech industry is growing.
Crypto Gods NFT Series
The Crypto Gods NFT Series consist of five artworks that are named ‘The Great Balancer’, ‘God of All Treasuries’, ‘The Twitter Templar’, ‘Godfather of Blockchain’, and ‘The Unguided Force in Space’ , all of which are inspired by real-life figures. Core concept of the creations originated from the belief that humanity is still living in the early days of its digital destiny.
AAX would like to ‘invoke’ the image of the primordial gods of cryptocurrencies, juxtaposing crypto celebrities with ancient gods to form a modern pantheon of crypto mythology. Each ‘God’ embodies a larger-than-life quality that dominates the world of crypto and market fluctuation. Although opinions towards them may vary, they will serve to provoke a wider discussion and a deeper contemplation about the future of blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFT, and beyond.
1 The Great Balancer
“In a world driven by disruption, make sure you’re on the right side of change” – Cathie Wood
Themis in Greek religion is the personification of justice, goddess of wisdom and good counsel, and the interpreter of the gods’ will.
Her appearance: The scale represents weighing of evidence, the blindfold represents impartiality, and the sword conveys the idea that justice can be swift and final.
2 God of All Treasuries
“Bitcoin is a swarm of cyber hornets serving the goddess of wisdom,
feeding on the fire of truth, exponentially growing ever smarter, faster, and
stronger behind a wall of encrypted energy” – Michael Saylor
Poseidon in ancient Greek religion is God of the Sea. He was a brother of Zeus and Hades. Poseidon challenged Zeus as he couldn’t put up with Zeus’ arrogant behavior as a ruler. He teamed up with Hera and Athena to teach him a lesson.
3 The Twitter Templar
“Bitcoin changes absolutely everything…… I don’t think there is anything
more important in my lifetime to work on.” – Jack Dorsey
Prometheus, in Greek religion, is credited with the creation of humanity from clay, and of defying the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity as civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and for being a
champion of humankind.
In vengeance on Prometheus, Zeus had him nailed to a mountain in the Caucasus and sent an eagle to eat his immortal liver.
4 The Godfather of Blockchain
“If you don’t believe it or don’t get it, I don’t have time to try to convince you. sorry.” – Satoshi Nakamoto
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Nakamoto is important to the bitcoin ecosystem beyond his status as a founder. He is a philosophical figurehead of sorts.
Despite numerous efforts to uncover his identity, Nakamoto has proven elusive. Several individuals have been proposed but none have been proven to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
5 The Unguided Force In Space
“In retrospect, it was inevitable” – Elon Musk
Pan in ancient Greek religion and mythology is the god of the wild, shepherds, and flocks.
Typically represented as half man, half goat, his distinct appearance delighted the hearts of all gods, which is why they named him “Pan” (meaning “all”). He is often depicted playing his panpipes and chasing N
The haunted the high hills, and his chief concern was with flocks and herds, not with agriculture; hence he can make humans, like cattle, a stampede in “panic” terror. Like a shepherd, he was a piper and he rested at noon.
Minted on the Solana blockchain
The exhibited NFTs, which have been minted on the Solana blockchain, will be put on auction after Hong Kong Fintech Week and the Bitcoin & Beyond Virtual Summit that AAX is co-hosting. More details about the auction will be announced in due course.
“At AAX, we always have to strike a balance between what we believe is a correct direction and more sustainable, and what users are actually coming for due to hype. It is exciting to see the next-stage development while exploring and promoting what we think offers solid and long-term value to our global community.” Caselin remarked.