Disegnatori
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  1. Erik Swahn on Disegnatori
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It’s December 2nd and another late evening in London. I'm chatting with a like-minded collector, both of us anxiously waiting for fxhash to reopen so we can mint some unique 1 of 1 generative art. With 12 minutes to go until opening, we’re in discussion:

Seventeenblack: What are you minting on the open in 10 minutes?

Tomfromv: I think Disegnatori…. I already minted 2, they are great, but I want a “blueprint” one.

Seventeenblack: I’m not sure how I missed Disgenatori, the blue is deep and beautiful.

Disegnatori (Italian for 'draftsmen') was first released four days prior, on November 29th, 2021, with 250 editions. It was Erik Swahn’s second release on the platform and precursor to the superlative Farbteiler collection.

Disegnatori #16 builds from simple to complex
Disegnatori #16 builds from simple to complex

At the time, fxhash was barely a month old and didn’t allow collectors to mint 24/7, hence the ‘open’ and ‘closed’ schedules. So, when fxhash was closed, we spent vast amounts of time navigating the site for unminted gems (meaning projects with mints left to give). By the time minting opened again, I’d have accumulated endless browser tabs lined up for the mad dash to snag good-looking projects before they minted out.

After Tomfromv called Disegnatori to my attention, I added it to my tabs and went in at the opening bell. There were 43 iterations remaining that took all but 25 minutes to mint out — an eternity by today’s fxhash standards where 250 editions disappear in a single block.

Disegnatori #74 features a rare color palette
Disegnatori #74 features a rare color palette

In Erik’s own words, Disegnatori “...learns a different portion of a city map, looking at it stroke by stroke and creating a probabilistic Markov model of the sequences of relative angles and distances, tracing the outline of each building in that portion of the map. This way, each disegnatore has a different internal understanding of the city.”

Essentially, each iteration draws from the same map of Rome, where every polygon (building footprint) has been converted to a text file. The transaction hash interacts with the text to determine which parts of the map to include in the model. Each polygon has a 50% chance of being included, so the different iterations are based on different subsets of the same source map.

This way, each Disegnatori output features unique Markov Models depending on the subset. The script keeps drawing until a certain number of line segments have been added.

Tomfromv was correct. The royal blue background is something to behold, but so are the other colour palettes — white on red, monochrome, and Mondrian; beauty in simplicity.

Artist's Description
Each disegnatore learns a different portion of a city map, looking at it stroke by stroke and creating a probabilistic Markov model of the sequences of relative angles and distances, tracing the outline of each building in that portion of the map. This way, each disegnatore has a different internal understanding of the city. It then starts from the middle of the canvas and wanders out, stroke by stroke, probability by probability, trying not to intersect any previously drawn outlines and avoiding the edges of the canvas until a predetermined number of edges have been drawn. The Markov chain drawing model is created during execution from a text file representation of a city map. Open live to see your disegnatore drawing or to resize.
MINT ORDER SORTINGDropdown Caret
20AVAILABLE
133COLLECTORS
500TEZ
PRIMARY
5757.1TEZ
SECONDARY
108SOLD
222TEZ
ALL TIME HIGH
187.5TEZ
MEDIAN
70TEZ
FLOOR
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