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About Alan Ki Aankhen

Alan Ki Aankhen is an exploration of other-worldly cityscapes in the visual aesthetic of Fahad’s distinct style with pen and paper. The title, translated as Alan’s Eyes, alludes to Alan Turing’s machine intelligence test - a thought experiment foreshadowing a moment in which we can no longer differentiate between the real and the artificial. Though first proposed in 1950, the topic feels especially relevant today, as even our creative practices are being carried by shifting technological tides.

The algorithms and decision-making encoded into this generative art project intentionally imitate Fahad’s approach on traditional mediums - composition rules, textures, and overall themes. The visual elements are inspired by Fahad’s memories from his nomadic life. You’ll find intricate windows from Rajasthan, massive Egyptian pyramids rising from the horizon, a density of civilization only seen in New York, and the moon - a comforting and shared sight no matter where you stand.

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Fahad Karim

Fahad Karim is an artist and engineer based in New York City. With pen and paper or through generative algorithms, Fahad’s work explores and celebrates human culture: symbolism and icons from different corners of the planet, dreams and mythological creatures, and the ever-shifting boundary between the artificial and the organic. Fahad has his roots in South Asia but has lived a nomad’s life across the globe, moving between Switzerland, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Mexico, and the US. Elements from these diverse cultures surface in his work. Fahad received his formal education in computer science at Cornell University, after which he spent a decade designing real-time distributed systems while concurrently growing his artistic practice in NYC. Working full-time as an artist since 2021, Fahad released the Art Blocks Curated project 'Alan Ki Aankhen', a collection of 500 generative other-worldly cityscapes, in July 2022. Next up, he'll be releasing 'Pohualli', a 100 edition Aztec-inspired collection, with Bright Moments Gallery at NFT ART CDMX 2022. https://www.fahadkarim.com https://www.instagram.com/fahadfalls https://twitter.com/fahadfalls

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Algorithmic edition of 500

Jul 27, 2022, 5:00 PM UTC

25% of primary proceeds will be donated to charities focused on helping communities in South Asia.

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