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Samuel Arsenault-Brassard & Alex Coulombe — NFTs and architecture

Chris’ exploration of NFTs continues with returning guest and virtual architecture expert Alex Coulombe and podcast newbie Samuel Arsenault-Brassard. Samuel has set up the Museum of Other Realities to display virtual works of art but lacked a convenient way to monetize and distribute them. Enter NFTs, virtual worlds such as Somnium Space and marketplaces including SuperRare and Foundation.

In this in-depth discussion, Samuel and Alex cover the good, bad and ugly of NFTs. They break down what makes them so ideal for selling virtual art, how you could steal an NFT, what happens when an owner posts offensive content in virtual space and the potential for forging 3D artwork. They also cover potential solutions to the high energy demands of cryptocurrencies.


Samuel Arsenault-Brassard - XR, Art & Architecture >

Agile Lens >

Museum of Other Realities >

Tangible Data @ Art Mûr Gallery >

Somnium LIVE - VR Architecture Fireside Chat >

Alex interviews Samuel

XR Architects Visit The Museum of Other Realities >

Samuel Arsenault-Brassard NFT account >


5:38 Introducing Sam

14:08 Deciding art quantities

19:31 Architecture in the digital world

27:54 How do you steal an NFT?

34:38 Potential problems with NFTs

40:30 Why Foundation is Sam’s digital gallery of choice

49:12 Defining art and architecture

57:10 Differences between virtual and real-world galleries

01:07:00 The art world’s reaction to NFTs

01:15:24 Where you can check out Sam’s work

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: May 10, 2021.
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