EVENTS CALENDAR13 JULY | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - YAWANAWA & REFIK ANADOLAward-winning media artist, Refik Anadol and the Yawanawa community, indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, are co-creating an exclusive piece (available as an edition consisting of three), as well as a collection of digital artworks that reflects the Yawanawa’s connection with the forest and responds to real-time data from the Amazon rainforest. The artwork will be revealed at a special event on July 13th, and will be available to purchase for a limited time only, as part of a fundraising initiative to support the Yawanawa community in protecting their natural and cultural heritage.14 JULY | MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AND PANEL DISCUSSION - YAWANAWA & REFIK ANADOLOn July 14th Yawanawa chiefs Nixiwaka and Isku Kua will lead a prayer and musical performance together with their family Ninunihu and Ykashahu . The celebrations will be accompanied by a panel discussion curated by Impact One to provide a glimpse into the creation process of the artwork series and its objectives, featuring Nixiwaka Yawanawa, Isku Kua, Refik Anadol and Scorpios founder Thomas Heyne.23 JULY | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - IVONA TAU & JEAN CLAUDE ADESLeading AI artist, Ivona Tau, and musician Jean Claude Ades, find inspiration close to Scorpios, in their new collaborative artwork that uses light data collected from the island of Delos, neighboring Mykonos. The eternal, mythical appeal of Delos takes on new significance with Jean Claude’s eclectic beats, and Ivona’s generative AI art, combining experimental photography and motion paintings.25 JULY | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - HUGO JOHNSON & BEDOUINHugo Johnson and Scorpios regulars, music duo Bedouin, create the perfect storm with Zorba, an art collaboration that uses geographic data to reimagine extreme weather patterns as human beings with unique identities. The creative pairing offers a glimpse into the souls of these storms, bringing together Hugo's hypnotic 3D compositions with Bedouin’s consciousness-expanding beats. The star of the portrait series Is Zorbas, the first cyclone to hit the Mediterranean.04 AUGUST | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - ORKHAN & LANNKAPioneering media artist, Orkhan, and Scorpios’ very own Lannka, reveal their collaboration on three pieces of art and an edition of digital collectible art for purchase starting on August 4th, for a limited amount of time. With Lanka’s distinctive take on ancient rhythms and folkloric sounds, and Orkhan’s AI-driven artworks that look to Middle Eastern cultural heritage, the two tread new ground while keeping deep roots in the past.10 AUGUST | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - JASON SIMS & SATORIOn August 10th, artist Jason Sims and musician Satori will unveil their co-created immersive artwork inspired by natural systems, consisting of one unique art piece and an edition of digital collectable artworks. Satori’s signature groove-laden electronica and live instrumentals are fitting for Jason’s sublime, meditative take on space and form, and together they promise a unique collaboration.24 AUGUST | SCORPIOS COLLECTION REVEAL - AGORIAMultidisciplinary artist and DJ, Agoria, reveals an artwork on the 24th of August that is a tribute to our agora, exploring data of the sunsets captured from Scorpios Mykonos. Our community has a chance to engage with Agoria’s unusual artistic juxtaposition of generative algorithms, web3, AI, and biological systems, applied to the epic views from Paraga beach.
WINDS OF YAWANAWABY YAWANAWA AND REFIK ANADOLEach NFT Data Painting from the YAWANAWA collection of 1000 is a Unique Generative Ai MP4 video | 60 second loop with soundtrackBuyers from this pre-sale will receive exclusive Yawanawa media content.Buyers will additionally receive an archival quality signed print 44x22 inchesCollection reveal on Sep 30 at 5pm UTC.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Winds of Yawanawa is a collection of 1000 unique Data Paintings that harness weather data from the tribe’s village in the Amazon rainforest including wind speed, gusts, direction and temperature. This data then merges with the works of young Yawanawa artists, resulting in a mesmerizing play of traditional shapes and colors of data pigmentation.
The Winds of Yawanawa collection will bring the nuances of Yawanawa art to the digital world with the aim of preserving their rich culture.
Each NFT Data Painting from the YAWANAWA collection of 1000 is a Unique Generative Ai MP4 video | 60 second loop with soundtrack
Refik Anadol is an award-winning media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence and in digital art collectibles. Refik “paints” with data to create mesmerizing, large-scale digital artworks that address what it means to be a human in the age of AI, with his work occupying the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Across his 3D data sculptures and paintings, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations, the artist takes what was once invisible to the human eye, and renders it visible. Whether that consists of buildings coming to life and disappearing into infinity, or breathtaking aesthetics that take shape from large swaths of data — Refik’s immersive environments offer a new perspective on the world, with a distinct aesthetic technique emerging out of machine intelligence.
Data emerges as a persistent theme across Refik’s work. He has trained a machine model to go through MoMA’s 200 year art collection and reimagine the history of modern art. He created a “data sculpture” of an alternative reality of nature, using 200 million online photos of Earth for the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. Refik also used 70 terabytes of MRI brain scans to create an immersive installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale inspired by the human mind, and for an artwork at Kraftwerk Berlin, visitors provided real time data for AI generation — visible in the form of a hallucinogenic LED screen painting.
The Turkish-born, LA-based artist’s work has been shown across the world at public landmarks, major art museums and festivals. “What are the challenges and possibilities that computing has imposed on humanity?” Refik’s work asks. He examines how our ideas of time and space are changing, as machines increasingly dominate our lives.
GUARDIANS OF THE FOREST
The Yawanawa communities of Aldeia Sagrada and Nova Esperança, indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, are Refik Anadol’s creative collaborators on his exclusive artwork and the accompanying digital art collectible release, commissioned by Impact One for Scorpios.
Proceeds from sale of the artworks will go directly to the community. The funds will be used by the Yawanawa chiefs Nixiwaka, Putanny and Isku Kua, to support long-term initiatives for the protection of the Yawanawa lands and cultural heritage.
With a population of over 1200, the Yawanawa people live in villages nestled along the banks of the Gregório river in the Brazilian state of Acre, where they are guardians of thousands of acres of rainforest. The Yawanawa culture holds a deep connection to the natural world through the community’s ancestral wisdom, plant medicine and environmental stewardship.
The Yawanawa people's history is believed to go back millenia, with the first contact made with the western world only a little over a century ago. Despite the influence of external forces and continuous challenges from outsiders, the Yawanawa have managed to maintain their traditional way of life and preserve their culture.
Encounters launches in 2023 with a summer art program, In Resonance. Contemporary artists will come together with Scorpios musicians, to engage with our community around digital art. With a series of live performances, special collaborations with musicians, and opportunities to collect exclusive artwork from leading contemporary artists, Scorpios will take you into the heart of the digital art movement.
Arising out of curiosity about the creative interplay between art and music, we are exploring new territory after having long championed emerging and established musicians with the evolution of the Scorpios sound. Embracing a spirit of collaboration between artists and the community, Scorpios investigates our relationship with the natural world through artists and musicians who resonate together. Curated by HOFA gallery.
“SCORPIOS ENCOUNTERS IS A STAGE FOR THE UNEXPLORED. WE WANT TO GIVE YOUNG TALENTED ARTISTS A PLATFORM TO CREATE.”
THOMAS HEYNE, FOUNDER SCORPIOS