A news article provided the inspiration for the emograms: in 2015, Oxford Dictionaries chose an emoji pictogram as the word of the year (Emoji is a Japanese word, where ‘e’ stands for picture + ‘moji’ for character). I found this very exciting: humanity started written communication using drawings and pictograms, then constantly simplified these into letters and characters. Following the birth and intensification of mobile and computer-based communication, we started to re-create drawings and pictograms from characters and letters. Finally, we got rid of characters again, sometimes even of words and returned to the use of emojis and icons. We incorporated them into our daily communication. In my work, I put the lost words back into the emojis. This is how emograms were born.
Emograms is a collection of 99 unique digital artworks (stored in digital format on IPFS), each represented by an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Emogram collection is auctioned by the Artist himself through a 99 days auction period. During this period 3 Emograms are auctioned for a period of 3 days. A 3 day auction is called an auction cycle and there are 33 cycles in total. Emograms are auctioned in a randomized order. Each auction cycle has an initial price of 0.1Ξ. The auction format for the initial auction is a simple ascending auction, where each bidder must put and lock-in a higher bid than the previous. The highest bid is always held back by the smart contract to ensure the bidder has the required capital.
Tokens and Emogram Sculpture redemption
Each Emogram NFT comes with one special Sculpture Redemption Token (SRT). There will be only 99 of these tokens, and no new tokens will be minted at any time. Owners of the specific emogram NFTs can burn 11 of these SRT tokens to redeem a physical sculpture of the specific Emogram NFT. Buyers would only be able to redeem the sculpture if they are the owner of the specific NFT. Users are able to buy just the SRT tokens, without the NFT, but the only use case for these tokens are the redemption of the sculptures. Distribution SRT tokens and trading starts after the initial auction.
By redeeming the sculptures, NFT owners first put their token in an escrow with the Founders. During the redemption process, NFT owners will be asked for their contact information and delivery address, and after the delivery of the sculpture the tokens are burned and removed from circulation. After every token is burned, there will not be any more tokens, and more sculptures cannot be redeemed; this means that there will be only 9 of these sculptures in total. Any NFT can only be redeemed once. After the redemption of the sculpture, the NFT is tagged as redeemed, and no additional sculpture can be redeemed, even if the buyer has 11 SRT.
There are going to be 110 SRT tokens in total, which is made up of 99 SRT for initial auction buyers and 11 SRT minted for the Founders. The Founders SRT tokens are going to be used to set up an initial liquidity pool on Uniswap to create liquidity for SRT exchange. Initial price on Uniswap will be set with 11 SRT and 1Ξ.
Every redeemed sculpture has a QR code embedded on its surface. Owners of these sculptures can verify the originality of their sculpture by scanning the QR code. The hash of the QR code is produced after scanning, and it is compared to the one stored on-chain. Owners of these sculptures can verify the originality of their product any time, and multiple times as well, but the transaction and gas costs will be the responsibility of the owner.
kissmiklos (Miklós Kiss)
Designer and visual artist, who covers many fields, including interior design, fine arts, graphic design and typeface design.
His works are characterized by a strong artistic approach and outstanding aesthetic quality. His unique style, based on ligatures, is a trademark in the world of typography. In his art works and installations, he often combines elements of fine art, typography and interior design. In 2019, he exhibited in the main pavilion of the Gwangju Design Biennale. In 2021 he won 4 TDC awards. His work has been published many times in European, Asian and American design magazines, books, professional publications and art portals.