ISLANDS is a series of 4 animations created by Nicolas Sassoon in collaboration with musical artist Yu Su. The landscapes depicted in the animations are inspired by the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, a region of the world which has been particularly influential in the creative research of both artists.

4 Panels
100 Editions Each
Starting at 40

Pre-sale for Season 0 Pass holders
June 22, 2022

Sold Out

Public sale begins June 23, 2022

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In ISLANDS, Sassoon employs minimal pixelated graphics and moiré patterning to generate archetypical landscapes composed of black silhouettes over a polychromatic background. For each animation, Yu Su has created melodic and textured sonic compositions, bringing an emotional dimension to the works.

Public Sale

• 50 editions of each panel will be available to the public for auction directly through Nicolas Sassoon on Objkt, starting at 40 Tezos.

• The public auction will start on June 23 - 12 pm EST - offers close June 26 - 12pm EST.

Private Pre-Sale

• 50 editions of each panel will be reserved for Refraction Season 0 Pass holders and bundled as a complete set of 4, fixed at 160 Tezos. 

• The private pre-sale will start June 22 - 12pm EST directly through Refraction.

• Pre-sale ends June 24 - 12 pm EST.
• For more info on the private sale info, and how to verify your tezos wallet, see our FAQ

Special Airdrop

Collectors of all 4 artworks will be airdropped a special edition featuring ISLANDS as a single panoramic animation (7680x1080pixels) with an additional soundtrack by Yu Su.

About the Artists

Nicolas Sassoon

Nicolas Sassoon’s practice has long been concerned with the tensions between pixel and screen, reflecting on their entanglement and materiality by integrating pixelated figures, moiré patterns, and early computer graphics into experiential displays. This focus on early computer graphics is driven by the sculptural, material, and pictorial qualities of this imagery and its limitations and poetics. Nicolas’s research has led him to engage in many cross-disciplinary projects across architecture, electronic music, textiles, and art over the last decade. Nicolas has been involved with online communities (particularly Computers Club) since 2008, he minted his first NFT in February 2021 and started collecting NFTs from other artists shortly after. The Web3 space has become an increasingly exciting chapter in Nicolas’ career. “There is a significant cultural shift happening in web3 in terms of how artists can collect and support other artists,” he says. “This shift brings incredible new forms of agency, autonomy and income to many artists, but this emerging culture needs to be nurtured and pushed forward to establish itself as a sustainable and long-term alternative.”

Yu Su

Balancing dub, ambient, krautrock, jazz and dance music, the Kaifeng-born, Vancouver-based Yu Su has become one of the city's most distinctive electronic musicians. Over releases for labels like People's Potential Unlimited, Music From Memory's, Ninja Tune's Technicolour, and most recently her own imprint Bie Records, she's outlined a deeply personal sound that mixes influences from her childhood piano training, Chinese opera and the dance music she discovered in Canada. With her solo work and other side projects,  Yu Su is becoming one of the most prominent modern disciples of Fourth World, exploring and creating new musical realms with each new release.

Private Sale begins
June 22, 2022 - 12pm EST

Private Sale Sold Out

Public Sale begins
June 23, 2022 - 12pm EST

Public Auction On Objkt