Project

This collaboration is intended to provide a new way to mint NFTs that celebrates emergence, unpredictability, and happenstance over forced rarity.

We want to encourage collectors to explore the edges of the algorithm, play a role in the output, and take agency to become a co-creator.

We want collectors to view their engagement as an adventure and make a creative contribution to the art. Adding a curation step by the collector also allows the generative algorithm to take more risks and explore a more interesting potential output space. We trust collectors to seek out and identify the truly special outputs that emerge. With this approach, the collector is now the curator.

Creators

Tyler Hobbs (he/him) is a visual artist who works primarily with algorithms, plotters, and paint. His artwork focuses on computational aesthetics, how they are shaped by the biases of modern computer hardware and software, and how they relate to and interact with the natural world around us. In June 2021, Tyler released Fidenza, one of the most acclaimed and sought-after series of NFT artwork to date. In December 2021, his Incomplete Control exhibition in NYC melded the traditional gallery opening with the on-site generation of 100 new works.

Dandelion Wist Mané (they/them) is a dancer, engineer, entrepreneur, and generative artist. During their corporate career, they led development of open-source projects Plottable.js and TensorBoard, and co-authored several AI research papers. They migrated to web3 to create SourceCred, an open-source framework for decentralized reputation and compensation. Besides co-creating QQL, they are also a co-founder of Archipelago, a marketplace for generative art. They have an extensive generative art collection.

This collaboration between Dandelion and Tyler began as a thought experiment on how to best tap into emergence in generative art. As the discussion deepened, interesting possibilities for collaboration by the collector arose. This partnership brings together multiple perspectives around creating, collecting, and curating generative artwork into one cohesive project.

Details

Exploration

Anyone may play with the algorithm through the Create page.

Creating and Saving Unique Outputs/Images/Renders

When you connect your web3 wallet, you’ll be able to save unique outputs/images/renders. Each time you find a piece that feels right, save it and keep going. You can always come back and continue to iterate.

Ticketing & Minting
  • There are 999 available tokens.
  • Each token grants a collector the ability to mint one NFT.
  • A Dutch auction will provide an opportunity to bid on 900 tokens. 99 tokens will be reserved by the creators for surprise collaborations.
  • Minting will be open indefinitely. You can wait as long as you like to exercise your mint pass, even years.
  • However, those who mint first will receive a lower token ID for their NFT.
Surprise Co-Creators

What does this algorithm look like through the eyes of a scientist? A musician? A community organizer? We want to use this opportunity to collaborate with some of our favorite minds for a truly unique perspective on the art.

Gallery

This is where you can see the community showcase their minted works. Find featured curated collections by the creators and surprise co-creators with a chronological feed of single images below.

Contest

The contest challenges collectors to create their best outputs created using the QQL algorithm, reflecting QQL's focus on community curation.

Collectors can enter the contest by quote-tweeting this tweet by Tyler and including the following information:

  • The hashtag "#QQLcontest" to allow judges to find the submissions
  • A link to the qql.art page for the token (such as https://qql.art/token/[token])
  • An image of the artwork being submitted

Three anonymous judges will select a total of nine winners, each of whom will receive a QQL mint pass. Tyler and Dandelion will then personally curate the three grand prize winners, who will see their exact contest entries immortalized as QQLs #7, #8 and #9.

The contest began on September 20th and closes on September 25th at noon Central Time. The winners of the contest will be announced on September 27th.

FAQ

Can I still use QQL without having a mint pass?

Yes! The site and artwork are accessible to everyone, even without owning a mint pass. The mint pass is only required in order to mint an official QQL NFT.

How do I get a mint pass?

Through our Dutch auction (with rebate) on September 28, 2022 on Archipelago.

Are the 999 passes first come, first serve? Or is there a allowlist/whitelist?

There is no preferential treatment or allowlist: anybody can participate in the auction. 900 of the passes will be available for sale in the auction. The remaining 99 are reserved for special purposes.

What are the 99 reserved mint passes going to be used for?

Some will be used to give some community members a chance to mint a QQL (more details to come on that). Some will be used to support charitable causes. Some will be used for art exhibitions. Others will be reserved by us (Tyler and Dandelion) for unspecified future purposes. Because QQL will continue to evolve as an art project over years or decades, we want to give ourselves the opportunity to continue participating in it as well!

How will the Dutch auction work?

In a Dutch auction (DA), the price of an NFT starts at an initial price (ceiling) and drops by a small amount periodically (e.g. 0.5 ETH every minute) until it hits the lowest price it will go (the resting price). This means that minting begins with a high asking price that decreases over time until the project hits its resting price or is sold out.

The DA price schedule for QQL looks like this:

  • Starts at 50 ETH
  • Drops by 2 ETH per minute, until at 30 ETH (10 minutes)
  • Drops by 1 ETH per minute, until at 15 ETH (15 minutes)
  • Drops by 0.5 ETH per minute, until at 5 ETH (20 minutes)
  • Drops by 0.2 ETH per minute, until at 2 ETH (15 minutes)
  • Stays at 2 ETH until the project is sold out

This DA differs from your typical DA, because it includes a rebate mechanism (see the next point).

How does the Dutch auction rebate work?

The price of the last mint pass sold (a.k.a. the resting price) will be the price everyone pays, regardless of what price they bought in at. So, for example, suppose you buy into the DA at 20 ETH. If the final resting price for the auction is 15 ETH, you will be refunded the 5 ETH difference.

Can the rebate be used to buy additional mint passes during the auction, instead of refunding in ETH?

Yes, you have the option to use the rebate either to claim an ETH refund, or to apply it towards additional mint passes. For example, suppose you bought into the auction at 30 ETH, and the auction drops to a price of 10 ETH. You could apply the rebate to buy an additional two mint passes (instead of getting a refund of 20 ETH).

How long will it take to refund/rebate those who paid over the resting mint price?

You are free to claim the rebate as soon as there is a price drop of any amount. However, in general, it probably makes sense to wait until the auction closes, because if the price drops again you’ll need to claim an additional rebate, and each claim requires a bit of a gas fee.

Is there a benefit of bidding high or early for the Dutch auction?

No. We're trying hard to avoid mechanics that would incentivize you to overspend—hence the motivation behind the common-clearing-price rebate. Our goal is to make really compelling art that you want to buy enthusiastically.

Do I have to use my mint pass by a certain time? Does it expire?

No, you are free to mint when you please. That could be this week or in 10 years. There is no time limit. To us, this is one of the more interesting aspects of QQL, because it means new artwork will continue to appear for a long time to come.

Can artwork generated prior to the auction be used to create a mint?

Yes, as long as you have connected your wallet and logged into the official QQL site, any artwork you generate can be used to create a mint (once you have a mint pass), no matter when it was generated.

Will minters receive a portion of the secondary royalties for their mint?

The address that is embedded in the seed for a given QQL NFT will receive a 2% royalty on secondary market sales of that NFT, assuming that the sale takes place in a marketplace that supports standard royalty mechanisms.

In other words, the person who discovers the artwork/seed is the person who will be entitled to the royalty. Normally that will be the person minting the NFT, but we may introduce mechanisms that make it so that that is not always the case.

Please note that the 2% royalty unfortunately cannot be guaranteed by us. It is up to NFT marketplaces to both offer adequate support for the royalty mechanism and to actually honor those royalties. The QQL smart contract adheres to the Royalty Registry specification, a collaborative development by Manifold.xyz, Foundation, Nifty Gateway, OpenSea, Rarible and SuperRare. It is our hope that these marketplaces and others will support the Royalty Registry mechanism. However, as stated, we cannot guarantee it, we can only make a best effort. The one marketplace that we can guarantee will respect this royalty arrangement is Archipelago.

Why the name QQL? What does it mean?

We wanted a name that didn’t have a clear meaning associated with it. In true generative art fashion, we put together a small script that would generate three-letter names, with a higher probability of using the letters that we liked most. We generated 200 or so names, and curated down to our favorite: QQL.

Do you plan to make prints available in the future for QQL holders?

Yes, we will make official high quality prints available for a reasonable price, similar to what Tyler has offered for Fidenza and Incomplete Control. We haven’t figured out all of the details of how that will work yet, but we promise to sort them out and share them soon.

How long will the QQL site be up?

We plan to keep it up and open for a long, long time. If at any point we are no longer able to run it ourselves, we will look for ways to open-source the critical components to allow it to live on.

Is it possible for someone to copy or recreate somebody else’s QQL artwork?

No, it’s not possible to exactly copy any QQL, because the creator’s wallet address is used as part of the seed that guides all of the randomness internal to the algorithm.

However, we do expect that some early minters may be influential on the rest of the artwork to follow.

Do early mints get a lower token number?

Yes, the earlier you choose to mint, the lower your QQL token number will be. This will make it easy to see how the minted artwork has evolved, in chronological order.

Will it be easy to see who created/minted a particular QQL?

Yes, we want to recognize the artistic contribution of the minter, and we will make the minter’s address (and ENS name) as visible as we can.

Is QQL fully on-chain?

Yes, all of the QQL artwork will be fully reproducible from the algorithm written to the Ethereum blockchain. The only dependency is p5.js, an extremely popular, open-source JavaScript graphics library. Additionally, the artwork is written to be resolution-independent, meaning that it can scale up (or down) to essentially any size display. All of this helps to ensure that the artwork will be reproducible and enjoyable for a very long time to come.