• Variations for a Cloud

    A collection of 1,818 NFTs, a healing project

    1st drop: Pre-sale November 8th, 2021 on Opensea / Launch date November 16th, 2021

  • Variations for a Cloud is a collaborative and mixed media artistic project consisting of three mediums: painting, animation video, and NFTs. 

    Each medium, though indepedent, dialogues around the same story: the initiatory journey of a family sleeping in the sky, passing through different stages of reconstruction after an intimate upheaval.

     

    "The spectator follows the dance of a cloud family, which one day loses one of its own. We understand the mourning, the emptiness, the reconstruction, the presence that remains, the strength and the joy that returns" Louise Hourcade, writer.

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  • The first NFTs of Variations for a cloud will be released on November 8, 2021.

     

    These will be the very first NFTs Collection by a French contemporary painter deployed on blockchain. The artist believe strongly that this technology allows for an innovative contemporary and poetic experience. 

     

    The NFTs invite the viewer to witness the micro-details in the stages of reconstruction after grief, literally and figuratively. By slowing down the moving image to individual frames, the NFT collection grants the gaze a form of thoughtfulness, evoking the long repetitive process of personal reconstruction. It also gives access to the ephemeral details of the animation video created over the period of 2 months by the video artist Maya Gering and the words of Carine Valette' poem. 

     

    It is popularly believed that there are 7 stages of grief. To symbolically align with the mourning period of the protagonist, the Cloud Family,  the NFTs will be put on sale in 7 stages (7 drops). 

     

  • an autofiction in 1,818 images

    The 1818 NFTs correspond to 2:20 minutes of the Variations of a cloud animation video. In classic frame-by-frame animation, there are 12 frames per 1 second. The NFTs collection is made up of each individual image composing the 2:20 minutes of animation. This section of the video focuses on the transformation of a Cloud Family that have undergone an intimate upheaval.

    The 1818 NFTs are all unique editions (1/1).

     

    They differ by:

    ° individual properties showing life stages of the Cloud Family in different shapes and colors,

    • background color

    • cloud shape

    • cloud color
    • number of cloud family members (From 2 to 6 to 5)

    ° the 31 sentences of the poem written by the french poet Carine Valette,

    ° the rarity with secret content (acrylic paintings) attached to certain NFTs,

    ° the stage of reconstruction to which they belong and the date of availability in 7 stages (the 7 drops).

     

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    • The prices of the NFTs differ for each of the 7 drops depending on the number of NFTs per drop. Also, the first collectors of the project will have a lower, earlybird price. The first drop, "fog denial", is the genesis stage of the collection which includes 164 NFTs. It will be available on the Polygon blockchain with no gas fee.

     

    • By owning an NFT, you will be able to unlock its high resolution version. We hope the Cloud story will grow and propose with the possibility of printing the NFT. The NFT may be printed and sent to loved ones as a token of support for those who seek sweet comfort. To facilitate this, we provide collectors with an access to a collector space on the website with A5 care letter templates where you can easily add the image of your NFT. Once in a while, the artist Margaux Derhy will also take care of writing your note by hand and send it for you to your friends.  

     

    • 5% of initial sales will be donated to causes (associations, podcasts, literary projects) decided by the collectors in the Discord Channel that support people loneliness in different precarious stages of life. 

  • #1-0025 Details

     

    EDITION 1/1

    PRICE : ≈ 180 € (0.04 ETH)

    CREATION : 2021

    BLOCKCHAIN : Polygon

    TOKEN : ERC -1155

     

    * PROPERTIES :

    - Drop : 1 - Fog Denial

    - Background Color : Bluish Yellow

    - Cloud Color : Dark Blue

    - Cloud Shape : 4 members

    - Poetry : "a family sleeping in the sky"

  • "Do I add to the images in movies? I don't think so; I don't have time: in front of the screen, I am not free to shut my eyes; otherwise, opening them again, I would not discover the same image; I am constrained to a continuous voracity; a list of other qualities, but not pensiveness; whence the interest, for me, of the photogram"

    Roland Barthes Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

  • To book your NFT during the pre-sale

    Drop 1 only : Fog Denial

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    Variations for a Cloud movie

    There are ten copies of Variations for a Cloud (2021) and two artist proofs.
    8 of the copies are intended for institutions and private collections.
    The NFTs project will use one of the artist proofs as the source material.

     
  • the 7 stages of rebuilding the Cloud Family

     

    ° 7 drops °
    1

    fog denial

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    1:05-1:18
    164 images

    DROP NOVEMBRE 8TH

    2

    mist guilt

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    1:18-1:26
    88 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    3

    drizzle anger

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    1:26-2:11
    550 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    4

    light rain depression

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    2:11-2:23
    135 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    5

    heavy rain upward turn

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    2:23-2:49
    296 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    6

    excessive rain reconstruction

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    2:49-3:14
    327 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

    7

    cloudburst acceptance

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    3:14-3:39
    258 images

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

  • in a few lines ...

    1

    fog denial

    something is wrong but the family is in denial about it. It is the tension right before one of the cloud pieces breaks off. the text begins in this section "two clouds form a family." The last image in this section is the piece of the Cloud Family that is about to break off. A family is a family...until it isnt.

    2

    mist guilt

    the unavoidable rupture. A cloud member attempts to break off but fails, the cloud is shaken but whole. It does not remain so after the second break. The cloud bleeds as if a limb was severed, and though the broken entity remains near to the cloud, the cloud begins to die. This step in the grieving process is also entitled “pain”. We thought that while pain doesn’t necessarily evoke guilt, guilt implicitly evokes pain. The last line of text in this section is "the crime of vile absence". Crime, implying a guilty party, but in a story of family loss, everyone is victim, not perpetrator.

    3

    drizzle anger

    the long period where the deflated cloud family sees their missing piece just above them as it floats farther and farther away. The anger is implied in the powerlessness, in the inability to change things, to control things, to order the piece to come back. There is no one to blame, so the anger isn't passionate, it's just buzzing in the tense frustration of inability to act. It's a drizzle.

    4

    light rain depression

    in this section there is no text. There are no words in depression. There is no sensation, just emptiness, the Cloud Family is all alone in the dark night sky. External guardian angel cloud figures enter the scene and begin to encircle the depressed Cloud Family. There is a small gleam of hope, even in the pits of depression.

    5

    heavy rain upward turn

    the guardian angels work their magic on boosting the Cloud Family, and the family begins to show the slightest signs of life again. The viewer can begin to see something bright and warm growing inside of the cloud family body, eventually inhabiting the body entirely. The intensity of the water cycle in the words "heavy rain" corresponds to the ability of the cloud family to begin to feel something again. Bob Dylan says some people get wet and some people feel the rain. The excessive rain in this section suggests the cloud family beginning to metaphorically feel the rain as they exit their earlier steps of anger and depression in mist and drizzle where one can image they did not feel much of anything.

    6

    excessive rain reconstruction

    conversely to what the title “excessive rain” suggests, these images are emotionally powerful metamorphosis and deliverance towards vitality and joy again. The first lines of text in this section are "there it is, a family embracing its new form." It's as if the family is letting everything out, and by doing so, truly becoming.

    7

    cloudburst acceptance

    the torrential downfall of transformative emotion, the height of the metamorphisis drama, and the end, or rather just the new beginning.

  • rarity within the Collection

    Some NFTs feature the hidden presence of Clouds on paper made with acrylic by artist Margaux Derhy

    Acrylic Paintings on paper

    68 "Clouds", acrylics on Japanese cotton paper (18 x 25.5 cm) were made as a work of personal repair after a bereavement during a residency in Japan by Margaux Derhy.

     

    7 Clouds will be dragged into the NFTs at random and ship to the NFT holders.

  • INFORMATION & ROADMAP

    information

    Release date — Novembre 8th 2021 (first drop "fog denial")

    Number of drops — 7

    Platform — Opensea

    Total number of tokens — 1818

    Tokens withheld from sale — 181 (giveaways, marketing and team)

    Price per token — 0.04 ETH

    Token — ERC-1155

    Blockchain — Polygon

    Contract— 0x2953399124F0cBB46d2CbACD8A89cF0599974963

    Image size — 1080 x 1080

    Format — PNG

    Number of attributes — 5

    roadmap

     

    * first drop "fog denial" *

     

    Upload on Opensea — From November 1st 2021

    Pre-sale Whitelisth — From November 8th 2021

    Official Realease — Novembre 16th 2021

     

    Discord — November

  • artists & team of the NFTs Variations for a Cloud project

    Margaux Derhy

    Acrylic Artist & NFT coordinator

     

    Margaux wanted to tell this family story in order to offer a collective invitation to remember. She is also coordinating the NFTs Collection.

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    Central Saint Martins (CSM), Art & Science

    Royal College of Art (RCA), MA Painting

     

    @margauxderhy on twitter & instagram

    Maya Gering

    Digital Paintings & Video artist

     

    Maya took care of putting together the 68 paintings with digital paintings that make up the film one by one, while having at heart to bring her sensitivity and originality to it.

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    École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC)

    Carine Valette

    Poet

     

    Carine brought the final touch by putting her words on a story to see and hear.

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    © photograph: Beatriz Janer

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    École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

    Institut del Teatre

    Paula Bonet engraving student

    Clara Herraiz

    Community

    Clara takes care of building and managing the Variations for a Cloud community online

    (social media, discord, etc.).

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    Ecole d'Art et de Culture (EAC Paris)

    Carole Stromboni

    Marketer

    Carole takes care of the collaborations within the NFT space.

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    Sciences Politique Paris

    HEC

    Paris Descartes

     

  • FAQ

    WHAT IS AN NFT?

    NFT stands for non-fungible token. It is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique. Variation for a Cloud NFTs contain a high resolution image of the artwork.

    HOW MANY NFTS ARE THERE?

    The Variations for a Cloud NFT collection consists of 1,1818 NFTs. Each NFT is a unique artwork that is a mixed media acrylic and digital painting.

    HOW DO I PURCHASE AN NFT FROM VARIATION FOR A CLOUD ?

    The NFTs will be released from November 16th but will be on opensea from November 8th on pre-sale.

    HOW MANY NFTs CAN I BUY ?

    As many as you want !

    CAN I CHOOSE THE NFT I WANT ?

    Yes ! You can email studio@margauxderhy.com before the release date.

    WHAT IS THE PRICE OF EACH NFT ?

    Each NFTs is priced by drop.

    CAN I RESELL MY NFT ?

    You can resell your NFT on Opensea.

    WHAT BLOCKCHAIN ARE THE NFTS MINTED ON?

    On Polygon Blockchain.

    WHY 7 DROPS ?

    Because the drops follow the 7 mourning steps.