When you see NFT art Idir Durson, an architect and CGI artist whose work deals with futuristic dystopian and cyberpunk aesthetics, it feels eerily familiar. Several sci-fi traditions jumped out at once: a little Blade Runner here, a little Matrix there. But what’s most disturbing about the sprawling and seemingly endless cityscapes in Dursun’s artwork is that they don’t seem like a fantasy impossible. They feel like a version of something you’ve already seen. If you’ve ever walked through the heart of a dense urban metropolis, you’ve seen Dursun seamlessly stitching together bits and pieces to build her CGI environments. Spend a few weeks in any of the busiest and most populous places in the world and you might start to wonder about the sustainability of it all. Cities like Tokyo, São Paulo, Mumbai, New York and Istanbul never fail to impress tourists and residents alike with how many people live there. The last city on this list is no exception. With an official population of nearly 16 million (though some believe the number is closer to 20 million), living on a small parcel of land sandwiched between two seas, Istanbul’s natural environment grants it natural beauty but curses its limited resource. Experts predict that the continued expansion of forests north of the city and the continued development of large-scale infrastructure projects could lead to ecological collapse. This environmental background inspired Dursun to start creating futuristic CGI environments, a process she took to after graduating from college with a degree in architecture. “Istanbul has inspired me a lot,” Dursun now explains in an interview with nft. “It’s all over Turkey.” Dursun, who worked for an architectural visualization company right out of school, spent the day learning technical skills that she would take home and apply for her CGI job at night. “[That job] Helped me learn a lot in terms of technical aspects of learning software, execution of post-production, etc. I would go home and apply these skills and combine them with skills I found in online tutorials. In addition to her architect, Annibale Siconolfi, the dystopian cyberpunk elements of Dursun’s CGI work stem from her fascination with themes such as overpopulation and the depletion of natural resources. “I remember seeing Annibale’s art in high school, I was just freaked out,” Dursun explained. “[The scale] The scene is so huge. I don’t think just looking at these is enough. I have to do it myself. I have the urge to create. ”
How Dursun got started in NFTs
In early 2021, Dursun entered the NFT space somewhat casually after seeing a friend on social media make a sale on Foundation. She knew very little about the crypto art world at the time and had only heard of CryptoPunks. “I think they’re ugly as hell,” Dulson said with a laugh. “But now, I love them. Once you get to know the culture, it becomes completely different. My friend sent me a foundation invitation and I thought, ‘Okay, why not try it? 2021 In March, Dursun minted her first NFT on Foundation. The piece, called Threshold, draws inspiration from a specific neighborhood in Istanbul called Mecidiyeköy, one of the most crowded areas in the city. The buildings and bridges that support the subway trains as it passes through a huge gate to another part of the city.
Threshold, from İdil Dursun “Threshold means a lot to me. It was the first time I felt like I could be an environmental concept artist, who I’ve wanted to be for a long time. [That sale] Really gives me hope. ” She attributes the buyer of the piece to a prominent NFT community member Norcal Guyto help launch her and many other artists’ NFT careers by purchasing their genesis works.
Bringing legends to her NFT work
Dursun explained that many of the early works she created had untold legends behind them, and Threshold inspired her desire to tell stories through her work. “When you look at artwork, it feels like you’re reading a graphic novel,” explains Dursun. “I started to conceive of this protagonist, a man trying to escape this dystopian world. In Threshold, for example, the gate divides the city into two parts. In the dark part, it is the side of the city whose resources are depleted. And the other part is It’s where the senior elite live.”
“This space has been through so many bad days, we never stopped chasing our dreams and appreciating NFT culture.” idil Dursun
Dursun explained that almost every other work she’s created is part of the same lore-based universe.For example, her other work, Invasion of the Lost City, is a separate part of the world inhabited by Threshold. Dursun plans to connect the legends of these separate works at some point. “I want these things to feel real,” Dursun emphasizes. “They’re not just these pretty nightscapes or dystopian cyberpunk images. They have stories behind them.”
TIMEPieces developed in partnership with Drift
In January 2022, renowned photographer and NFT community member Isaac “Drift” Wright invited Dursun to participate in TIMEPieces, TIME’s Web3 community initiative. The pair collaborated on the publication’s Slices of Time NFT collection. DRIFT submitted a photo of the New York skyline at dawn, while Dursun submitted a reimagining of what New York might look like in 100 years. In Dursun’s work titled “High Gardens of New York,” viewers can see a CGI rendering of Drift sitting on a ledge in the lower left corner of the image, overlooking the scene.
Highgardens, New York from İdil Dursun “I’m a huge Drift fan,” exclaims Dursun. “He just texted me the other day that he was invited to TIMEPieces. I was so shocked. Working with Drift was a really fun experience because he took these great city photos and I was trying to do something completely different It’s just a great collaboration for me.” Looking back at the recent crypto winter, Dursun said that Turkey’s NFT community reflects what she’s seeing globally, mainly because of the recent few Months have gotten a little sparser as the fast flippers leave the space. “People come in, find they can’t make quick money, and leave,” Dursun observed. “I mean, I’ve seen this happen so many times. The space has been through so many bad days and we never stopped chasing our dreams and appreciating the NFT culture. It’s very important to me as a part of the community .”
Silver Gate: Ride Into Midnight via İdil Dursun Dursun’s next project involves an animation she’s been working on non-stop for weeks. She will show the piece in a physical exhibition sometime in the near future, but is keeping details of the project under wraps for now. This piece represents Dursun’s longstanding desire to expand her art repertoire from CGI stills into the animation space. And, after recently watching Netflix’s hit series Arcane, whose animation style was praised for its unique 2D and 3D visuals, she felt even more motivated. “I wish I could,” Durson said. “I feel like I’ve reached my limit [with CGI stills], I want to grow more. I am also painting artwork. Working in 2D and 3D is a lot of fun. ” You can find İdil Dursun’s work on Foundation, MakersPlace, SuperRare and Nifty Gateway.