About Azurine and AZART

Azurine

Part Araki, part Edgerton, part Newton, part Merritt, and part Giger, Azurine makes art that varies from erotic to contemplative, absurd to scientific, spiritual to unsettling.

Azurine started to work in a darkroom when they were 12, and photography became their favorite creative medium. In college, when they were studying physics, digital imaging technology worked its way into the university’s imaging arts classes, and Azurine quickly changed their major. That was back in ’99, and they’ve been experimenting with alternative image-making ever since.

Well, sort of.

The name ‘Azurine’ wasn’t adopted by the artist until around 2010 when they started exploring erotic art, and it wasn’t made public until the launch of this project in 2020. Before then, they were known as an award-winning experimental filmmaker and editor who released work under the name Matt Costanza.

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Azurine has not yet gathered many accolades, but Matt Costanza has.

International Exhibition History

• Voicing Cage, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (2012)
• Tricycle and BuddhafestDC Short Film Competition, Arlington, VA (2012)
• Faculty Showcase, The Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA (2011)
• Emerging Filmmakers Series, The Little Theatre, Rochester NY (2009)
• The Int’l Fest of Cinema and Technology, Los Angeles, CA (2009)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2008)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2008)
• 50th Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY (2008)
• 10 or Less Film Festival, Portland, OR (2008)
• Montezuma International Film Festival, Montezuma, Costa Rica (2008)
• DigiFestival.net Film Festival, Florence, Italy (2008)
• Not Still Art Festival 2007, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2007)
• New England Film and Video Festival, Brookline, MA (2007)
• DigiFestival.net Film Festival, Florence, Italy (2007)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2007)
• Durango Independent Film Festival, Durango, CO (2007)
• Cape May New Jersey Film Festival, Cape May, NJ (2007)
• Visual Music Marathon, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA (2007)
• Best of IMS Festival Retrospective, Rochester, NY (2007)
• I Promise 2 Be You Streaming Show, Hollywood, CA (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2006)
• TromaDance, Salt Lake City, UT (2006)
• Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, New York City, NY (2006)
• Twin Rivers Media Festival, Asheville, NC (2006)
• Moondance International Film Festival, Venice, CA (2006)
• Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (2006)
• Monday Films #3, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (2005)
• University of Melbourne, Victoria College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
• La Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (2005)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2005)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival,Rochester, NY (2005)
• Particles and Pixels Symposium, The Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• (Im)permanence: Cultures In/Out of Time, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2005)
• University of Melbourne, Victoria College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
• Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand (2005)
• ignifuge, Brunswick, Australia (2005)
• Unitec Institute of Technology, Snowwhite Gallery Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
• Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2005)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2005)
• John Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore, MD (2004)
• Toronto Online Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2004)
• Cincinnati International Film Festival, Cincinnati, OH (2004)
• 2004 New Hampshire Film Expo, Manchester, NH (2004)
• INVIDEO Festival, Milan, Italy and Stuttgart, Germany (2004)
• Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2004)
• Marylhurst University, Randall Hall Recital, Portland, OR (2004)
• The Tank Gallery, New York City, NY (2004)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2004)
• Santa Fe International Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM (2003)
• X|Fest Animation Festival, New York City, NY (2003)
• BigMiniDv Festival, New York City, NY (2003)
• Memphis International Film Festival, Memphis, TN (2003)
• Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY (2003)
• Not Still Art Festival, Micro Museum, New York City, NY (2003)
• Cincinnati International Film Festival, Cincinnati, OH (2002)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2002)
• Image/Movement/Sound Festival, Rochester, NY (2002)
• Studio 22’s Flicker Festival, Northwestern Univresity, IL (2001)
• SOFA Honors Show, Rochester, NY (2001)

Awards and Honors

Directoral Distinction (I was the Director & Producer)

• School of Film and Animation Honors Show selection, “Awen” (2007)
• Moondance International Film Festival, Sandcastle Award, “Shadows” (2006)
• Twin Rivers Media Festival, 3rd Place Experimental, “Dissolution” (2006)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show, “Dissolution” (2005)
• Toronto Online Film Festival, Featured Spotlight, “Reflecting Pool” (2004)
• BigMiniDv Festival, Special Recognition Award, “Reverberations” (2003)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show selection, “Reverberations” (2002)
• School of Film and Animation Faculty Choice Award, “BLUE” (2001)
• School of Film and Animation Honors Show selection, “BLUE” (2001)

 

Edited Film Distinction (I was the Editor)

• Excellence in Experimental Techniques Award, ASIFA-East Animation Festival (New York City, NY)
• Trophy Award, 49th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Gold Medal for Excellence—Director’s Choice, Park City Film Music Festival (Park City, UT)
• Best New Art Award, Georgetown Independent Film Festival (Georgetown, MD)
• Best Experimental Short, MicroCineFest (Baltimore, MD)
• Honorable Mention, 48th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Gold Medal for Excellence ­ Director’s Choice for Best Impact of Music, in a Short Film, Park City Film Music Festival (Park City, UT)
• Honorable Mention, 47th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• Best of the Fest Traveling Show Selection, 46th Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY)
• 1st Place Experimental and Charles Schwartz Award for Exemplary Use of Sound and/or Music, Film Fest New Haven (New Haven, CT)

Art Grants and Shows

Art Grants

• Crystal City Business Improvement District Grant, sculpture “Spaceship Earth
in the Universe” (2010)
• Experimental Television Center residency (2007)
• Callahan Rennals Production Grant, “Awen” (2007)
• Genesee Valley Council of the Arts Grant for workshops (2007)
• Image/Movement/Sound Creative Arts Grants (7 total, 2002 – 2007)

 

Solo Shows

• “Day Trips around the Finger Lakes,” Leidenfrost Vineyards, Watkin’s Glen, NY (2009)
• “Compositions in Energy,” Institute for Forest Biotechnology, Raleigh, NC (2007)

 

Group Shows

• Artomatic, Arlington, VA (2012)
• Art Takes Flight, Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA (2011)
• Bucky-Art Sculpture Exhibit, Arena Stage, Arlington, VA (2010)
• “Fine Art Nude Photography Exhibit, Carriage House Studio, Washington, DC (2010)
• Fotoweek 2010 Exhibit, Carriage House Studio, Washington, DC (2010)”
• Faculty Showcase, Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA (2009)
• Heads and Tails, DC MOCA Gallery, Washington, DC (2008)

*With an experimental film currently in production, the name ‘Matt Costanza’ isn’t being retired by the artist at this time. However, plans are in place to cease releasing work under that name in 2021.

AZART tokens and this project

Azurine publishes their creative work as crypto art, as AZART tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. Technically, the art is minted as ERC-1155 Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), called “Azurine Art,” and which have the ticker “AZART.” The contract address is 0xe28d2d4f778a2061ac2ae1080c76c4bd0a6f2d3a.

If you don't know what crypto art or what Ethereum is, read this.

KEY IDEAS:

Blockchain
Ethereum is a cryptocurrency, like the more well-known juggernaut, Bitcoin. These operate by recording data in public ledgers; called blockchains. Unlike Bitcoin, instead of almost entirely being used to record transactions, Ethereum allows smart contracts—applications—to be run on its blockchain.

 

Decentralization
Bitcoin and Ethererum, (and most other cryptocurrencies) are not controlled by a centralized entity. This means that there’s not one point of failure, nor is there one point of censorship. The power of the network, relies in the network, empowering it and the people that use it.

 

 Cryptographically Secure
The Ethereum nework relies on advanced cryptography that allows individuals to have secure ownership while also maintaining a public address. An addresses holdings cannot be faked or counterfeited, because a complete record of all transactions of the network reside on the blockchain. Cryptography allows true and provable ownership of assets.

 

Fungibility
Most digital currencies or ‘coins’ are fungible; meaning that any one unit is just as good as any other unit. 1 whole unit of the Ethereum currency, 1 ETH, in one person’s wallet is just as valuable as 1 ETH in another person’s wallet. But, Ethereum allows programs to run on it, and those programs can ‘mint’ tokens. Certain technological standards allow Ethereum to create tradable units that are not fungible, units that are unique from all others, but still belonging to a larger group of tradable units. These tokens are called Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs.

 

Crypto Art
NFTs can be made to represent anything, from weird cat illustrations with simulated DNA to actual real estate investments. Art can be ‘tokenized’ as NFTs as well, and when it is, it becomes crypto art. It can then be bought, sold, traded, held, or even destroyed by the owner, just like an actual piece of art could be. Due to the nature of NFTs being built on a blockchain, crypto art provenance is a built-in function.

 

In summary: the decentralized and cryptographically secure Ethereum blockchain allows Azurine to sell true ownership of their crypto art.

AZART Token Contents

AZART collectible artwork is published online for the world to appreciate in digital formats at display resolution. These files are stored on the main project website, Azurine.art, as well as in a public github repository. In addition to these files, the original artwork is stored and backed up by Azurine.

In addition to the screen-resolution image, metadata is minted with each token. Besides names and links, the most important piece of data is the SHA-256 checksum. This long string of characters allows anyone to verify the authenticity of the token’s associated artwork file. Not only does this data help prove that the token is genuine, it also helps prove it is unique.

For example, AZART #00001 has the following hash embedded in its metadata: “3b9a6ab6f269cf029c66cc67ac862f6d16b1ef7aa8ec81b7ac0f13e3f9178268.” Download the image #00001 from the project website, a mirror, or from the github repository, and check its SHA-256. If it matches, you know you’re looking at the original art file that was minted with the token.

Lastly, because Azurine creates their Azurine Art crypto art under the AZART ERC-1155 token contract, a buyer can be assured they’re buying a verifiable original piece by Azurine by checking the address of the contract.

Project Resources

The Azurine.art website is backed up regularly, automatically, and all art, both screen resolution and the original piece, is stored redundantly. The public AZART repository on Github is available around the world, ensuring that the assets associated with Azurine Art tokens will always be accessible.

Eventually, Azurine hopes to incorporate web3 technology into this website to encourage greater interaction between the tokenized art and its owners. Behind the scenes descriptions and options to print the full-resolution original are possibilities being explored. If you are a web3 wizard, or have something important to discuss with Azurine, contact the artist on social media or through the email form below.

Official Social Media Accounts

Github, Model Mayhem: @Azurine

Twitter, Reddit: @AzurineArt

Discord: @Matto#7777 (nickname @Azurine)

Contact Azurine

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