The Good The Bad & The Ugly of NFTS! -TechweekNZ 2022

“Two years ago, I tuned into TechweekNZ through Zoom links to listen to the Women in Technology talks. I told myself that one day, I too would be one of those women in creative technology. This year, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in two events during TechweekNZ. The first event, held on Tuesday evening at Depot Art Space in Devonport, was entitled ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of NFTS.’”

“Sharing some insights into the lineage of my creative practice and my journey into the NFT market. My interests had always been centered around researching and creating Augmented Reality NFTs, and the research and development of this type of work.”

“I was asked what attracted me, as a Pacific person, to the NFT market. As a practitioner, I have always been driven by the continuous research that takes place as the medium evolves. My motivation was the excitement of something new and the opportunity to preserve my cultural aesthetics and intellectual property as an artist of Moana through digital means.

There is still so much to learn and understand about NFTs and the blockchain. Years from now, we will still have questions and be better prepared to answer them and share our knowledge with others. My motivation has always been about the research aspect, cultural awareness, and protecting our mental and emotional well-being as people of Moana.

The final question of the evening asked for our parting words of advice, to which I responded:

‘NFTS are not for everyone!’ – Katrina Iosia.”


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