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Get ready Sydney, Flume’s doing an NFT exhibition in the city

Semi-Permanent and High Snobriety are holding an NFT exhibit from Flume and Jonathan Zawada in a two-day takeover of Paramount House Hotel.

A notable feature of the event will be an NFT exhibition from musician Harvey Streten, known across the globe as Flume, and digital artist Jonathan Zawada.

The takeover, taking place on May 26 and May 27, will bring together “music, fashion, cinema art and design … [through] specially curated exhibitions, installations, talks, performances, film screenings.”

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Image: Paramount House Hotel Sydney

NFT stands for Non-Fungible-Token. Now, “Non-Fungible” describes something that is unique, one-of-a-kind and cannot be replaced.

For example, a grain of rice may be fungible, as there is almost no difference between one grain of rice and another. Conversely, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is “Non-Fungible”, as there is only one and it cannot be interchanged with another.

NFTs have unique digital codes which are stored in a blockchain. In this way, an NFT can be certified as unique and original.

NFTs, therefore, allow for ownership of the original version to be bought and sold. They can be digital drawings, music, videos or even GIFs. Essentially, NFTs may be thought of as digital artwork.

Needless to say, the fact that Zawada and Streten will be exhibiting their work at Paramount House Hotel is definitely something to look forward to.

In 2016, Streten and Zawada exhibited eight NFT artworks, each of which included visuals by Zawada and a score by Streten. This year, one of the artworks sold for over $50,000.

Their works can be viewed on this site, and feature sleek, neon, dreamlike graphics and hypnotic soundscapes.

The series to be exhibited at the Paramount House Hotel is the pair’s latest, Tiddalik. 

The series coalesces the natural beauty of Australian flora with the allure of technology, comprised of uncanny yet serene depictions of Australian flowers such as the Thomasina, the Dusky Coral Pea and the Green Birdflower.

The flowers sway to the left of the screen, stirred by a fluid made of code and neon pixels. The works also eerily gesture towards a future whereby Australian flowers may only exist within a digital space, as the Australian landscape is direly threatened by climate change.


The 48-hour hotel takeover will also include a curated talks programme, featuring an incredible line-up of Australian creatives including:

artists Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Jonny Niesche, illustrators Chris Yee and Louise Zhang, musician and poet Genesis Owusu, indigenous culture advocate and poet Dakota Feirer, poet and filmmaker Jazz Money, photographer Pierre Toussaint, and designer Melvin Tanaya of Song for the Mute.”

Tickets for the event have unfortunately sold out. However, keep an eye out for online-exclusive content.