Refraction is a DAO of music, art, and culture enthusiasts.

FESTIVAL begins MARch 2022


Refraction is a diverse community who produce festivals and ongoing events, release NFT projects, and create written, visual, and audio content around art, culture, and music today. This year’s festival will happen across the globe, with the performances, installations and music sets being recorded to culminate in an extended festival in the Open Metaverse.


Refraction Festival  x The Lot Radio

We're celebrating the start of summer with a takeover of Brooklyn musical mainstay The Lot Radio. Join us Thursday, June 23 @4pm for a vibey afternoon  with some of our favourite New York DJs.


June 23, 2022

Rethinking the Value of Music in Web3

The advent of web3 presents an opportunity for alternatives that exist outside of this imaginary stranglehold but, in order to start thinking about music outside of our current model, we need to start thinking about the value of music differently.

Henry Ivry


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Latest Drop:
Nicolas Sasoon x YU SU

Season 0 Pass Holders
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from Mar — Apr 2022

& into the Metaverse

lineup announcement feb 15

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Upcoming Refraction Events



(Montreal x Global)

Public Records


Rainbow Disco Club


Standard Time




Space 289


Nyege Nyege






Safe Sound






About the DAO

We believe in redistributing the upside back to creators, while enabling collective ownership and fostering new models of organization. Diversity is central to our core ethos, and our programming makeup will always reflect this.

Beyond the Festival, our ultimate goal is the collective ownership of art spaces worldwide focused on residencies, studio work, performances, cultural experiences, and partnerships through the $REFRACT token. Refraction DAO’s activities will encompass special drops, original content production, one-off releases, a collection-funded vault, and a performance archive.

The mandate for our tokenized community is accessibility, where membership can be earned through merit across a spectrum of functional guilds.


Curating Ongoing Exhibitions & Events

Exhibitions and Events are both live and in the metaverse.  Our digital art collection is key in building the ongoing value of the DAO. We have been collecting NFTs over the past year, with the strategic goals of both inviting those artists as DAO founders and allowing us to launch with a healthy collection. 

We are constantly soliciting new work, and all Refraction artists will be invited to contribute. We will be dropping NFTs during the festival and through ongoing programming. This will take the form of larger generative-art projects, one-off artworks, music pieces, and other special NFTs around tickets and initiatives. 

Open Call

The team

We are a broad network of artists, activists, visionaries, and industry leaders who embrace the common beliefs articulated in our membership principles. 


Ana Caballero
Andy Rolfes
Anna Lucia
Becka Saville
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos
Claire Silver
Dina Chang
Ellie Pritts
Gabrielle Mic
Genki Nishida
Ikaro Cavalcante
Kazuhiro Aihara
Linda Dounia
Lorna Mills
Malcolm Levy
Manami Sakamoto
Mathew Jonson
Nate Boyce
Nathaniel Stern
Nicolas Sassoon
Pacific Rhythm
Panther Modern
Phillip D Stearns
Portrait XO
Random Pattern
Rick Silva
Robert Gallardo
Sarah Moosvi
Sasha Stiles
Scott Killdall
Skye Nicolas
Suren Seneviratne
Teen Daze
Tim Saccenti
Yoshi Sodeoka


Aaron Fleming
Alanah Lam
Alison Sirico
Anbar El Mokri
Andrew Ryce
Brenda Berys
Carly Eiseman
Chris Dammeyer
David Wilson
Devaughn Dix
Dina Chang
Doug Witte
Graham Bertie
Greg Liburd
Heiko Hoffmann
Henry Ivry
Izzy Ocampo
Jonny Ostrem
Juan Cuervo
Kaitlyn Davies
Linus Booth
Liv Diamond
Malcolm Levy
Michael Delle Donne
Michail Stangl
Nabila Valentin
Neesh Chaudhary
Pauline Le Mell
Raf Katigbak
Rowan Spencer
Samm Z Cooper
Sharon Shum
Tanis Smither

Frequently Asked Questions

We are a decentralized global creative community of artists, curators, technicians, and fans focused on moving the culture forward through collectively reimagining live experiences in the physical world and in the open metaverse. Our cornerstone is Refraction Festival, a fully on-chain IRL<->URL project featuring musical performances and art installations in over ten cities across five continents.

Is it mandatory to join Discord to become a DAO member?

Currently, the best way to stay up to date on Refraction is through our Discord. But platform fatigue is real and we want to be accessible to everyone. If you would rather stay off our server, send us a DM on Twitter or an email, and we’ll work with you to find the best way for you to stay in the loop!

Do I have to be a member of the DAO to purchase the Refraction Winter Season 0 NFT?

No! Anyone is eligible to mint. Of course, if you would like to join RefractionDAO, head over to the ✍️|apply-to-join channel in our Discord server and fill out the application form!

How do our Seasons work?

“Seasons” are how we separate our year! We follow the Earth’s seasons — The Winter and Summer solstice, and the Spring and Autumn equinox. “Season 0” is our Winter season (or summer in the South), and it will end with the closing of the Season 0 NFT mint. Our Season 0 NFT drop marks the kickoff of Refraction as a DAO. At the end of every season, we host a DAO-wide Snapshot where DAO members vote on proposals for how we’ll proceed for the next season.

Will I receive all seven of the Founding Artists' artworks if I mint the Refraction Season 0 NFT?

Yes! After collecting the NFT, you will be able to also collect all seven works by Claire Silver, Setta Studio, Yoshi Sodeoka, Ellie Pritts, Linda Dounia, p1xelfool, and Cibelle Cavalli Bastos for free. Please join the Discord and fill out the contact form following a successful mint for further instructions.

How do I collect the NFT?

Until April 4th at midnight EST, you can go to to collect the NFT. Each artist in the NFT has created an artwork unique to Refraction. Our NFT mint is optimized for a desktop browser. If you are minting on a mobile device, navigate to the Metamask app and search for the website via its browser. To find it tap the accordion menu at the top left in the Metamask app, navigate to ‘Browser’ and search the minting site from there. After collecting, we will be airdropping the individual works to those who successfully minted a Season 0 NFT on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022! Keep an eye on your wallets.

So what’s the price?

The Season 0 NFT is priced at .202 ETH (plus gas). After the NFT is collected, we will be airdropping you each of the seven works for free — no gas fees!

What am I getting from the Season 0 NFT?


Seven works from some of the NFT community’s top-tier digital artists (see above).


Guest list to ALL IRL & Metaverse events for Refraction until March 20th, 2023 — this means that any time we hold an IRL event (these happen all over the globe, so pay attention to our social media for something happening in a city near you) or a set is streamed into the Metaverse, your NFT guarantees you access.


Access to future Greenlist opportunities for NFT drops and special features in our soon-to-be-released platform!


This will be the mainframe host for our artwork, collection, special NFT drops from the community, and includes Refraction Radio (with DJ sets, shows and programming exclusive to DAO members and NFT holders),  a podcast (in the works!), and a full online editorial publication written by members of our community and beyond focusing on artists and topics related to the DAO.


An exclusive experience in the Metaverse — during our two-day flagship URL festival (dates and deets to come)!


Access to a special section on our Discord server exclusively for NFT holders — in this server, you’ll get advance news on all of the events and happenings in the Refraction community.


Access to exclusive physical and digital merchandise — we’re working on some incredible things with our global community of artists.

What if I want to sell the Season 0 NFT or the other works on the secondary market?

After the seven works have been airdropped to you, they will exist as individual NFTs that can be resold, separate from one another and separate from the Season 0 NFT itself. If you sell any of the individual artworks but choose to retain the Season 0 NFT, you will retain all perks and access granted to holders until March 20th, 2023. However, if you choose to sell the Season 0 NFT at any point, you will lose your perks and access and transfer these to the secondary buyer.

How long will the Season 0 mint stay open?

Our mint will close on April 4th, 2022 at midnight PST! You can mint at any time of day up until then.

I’m unable to mint from Refraction’s website, help!

If you’ve had trouble minting Refraction’s Season 0 NFT directly from our website, you can mint just as easily on Etherscan! Steps outlined in this document.

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