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Aku World: Miami Comes to Life With Special Performances



Micah Johnson, Pusha-T, Jerome LaMaar, Kehlani, Aleali May, AJ Mitchell, Haleek Maul, Savannah James, Matt James, Rachael Kirkconnell, Jackson Myles, Yasmine Petty, Kah-Lo and more friends and collaborators across art, music, fashion and tech to celebrate the opening of Aku World: Miami and its star Aku, the digital explorer and crypto-native NFT IP created by artist and former MLB player Micah Johnson.

Aku World: Miami is Aku's first introduction to the physical world and brings friends and collaborators spanning from leaders in cryptocurrency, NFT creators, art curators and collectors, fashion and streetwear icons, A-list musicians, and Hollywood execs together in one space to explore NFTs from a range of perspectives with real world conversations that bridge the gap between crypto and mainstream culture.

Over three days of programming from 12.2-12.4, Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku) will be joined by:

  • Summer Watson (President, Vol. 1; Exec Producer, Aku World: Miami)

  • Clint Kisker (Co-Founder, Madison Wells Media)

  • Amanda Hendy (Venture Investor)

  • Pusha-T (Musician)

  • Kehlani (Musician)

  • AJ Mitchell (Musician)

  • Aleali May (Style Consultant, Model and Designer)

  • Jérôme LaMaar, (them/them) (Creative Director, Designer and Stylist)

  • Cuy Sheffield (VP, Head of Crypto, Visa)

  • Meltem Demirors (Chief Strategy Officer, CoinShares)

  • Ros Gold-Onwude (Sports Broadcaster, ESPN)

  • Roham Gharegozlou (CEO, Dapper Labs)

  • Kevin Kelly (Co-Founder of Delphi Digital & Partner at Delphi Ventures)

  • Packy McCormick (Founder and Author, Not Boring Newsletter)

  • Sirsu (Designer and Mixed Media Artist)

  • Latashá Alcindor (Artist Community Lead, ZORA)

  • Roger Dickerman (Founder, Artifex Project)

  • Danny Gonzalez (Member of Aku Community)

  • Joel Scinta (Member of Aku Community)

  • Scott Melker (Host, The Wolf of All Streets Podcast)

  • Ronnie K. Pirovino (Art Collector, Curator and Appraiser)

  • Sophia Cohen (Sales Associate and Artist Liaison, Gagosian)

  • Mike Spitz (Founder & CEO, Vol. 1)

  • Haleek Maul (Musician)

  • Hugo Renaudin (Co-Founder and CEO of P00LS)

  • SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White) (Musical Artist)

  • Kiri Hart (Film Executive, Writer and Producer)

  • Stephen Feder (Film and TV Producer)

  • Logan Coles (Writer, Producer and Director)

  • James Williams (Partner, Arent Fox LLP)

The visually-stunning, multilayered event showcases the otherworldly dimension of Aku and allow guests to step out of reality and into the metaverse through carefully curated exhibits that blur the lines between NFT technology and IRL experiences:

  • Unique NFTs: Through a partnership with leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX US, attendees will be able to sign up for their own crypto wallet, collect NFTs throughout the space via hidden QR codes, and purchase digital artworks by legendary 3D artist, Raf Grassetti, as well as unique Aku digital works

  • FTX Minting Room: Top-tier ticket holders will have exclusive access to the Minting Room presented by FTX US, where they can create their own 4D-scanned avatar that lives within the Aku universe and mint them into NFTs, which they can later trade, sell or display in their digital wallets.

  • Aku’s Merch Room: Attendees can shop on-site via the Merch Room, which will host three days of exclusive merch collaborations with VIP guest collaborators Pusha-T, Jérôme LaMaar and Aleali May, with each day dedicated to a single limited time, limited edition collection, available for pre-order at the event and online. PORTL, the holoportation and NFT hologram showcase leader, will present the merchandise in four epic hologram units.

  • Aku’s Collection: Aku’s Collection, curated by Art Angels, will tell more of Aku’s story through an art installation for guests to explore and interact with. A special curation of young Black artists including Jade Yasmeen, Asiko, Floyd Strickland, and Solomon Omogboye will be exhibited alongside two new original paintings by Micah Johnson, as well as three screen prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks on-site.

  • Aku’s Helmet: Conceptualized by renowned creative and experiential studio MATTE Projects, the 30,000 square foot space will house a futuristic lifesize art installation of Aku’s Helmet, where guests can experience three otherworldly dimensions of Aku.

  • Blue Room: The Blue Room will host daily panel sessions and conversations led by leaders in art, fashion, music and crypto.

  • The Patio: The Patio will provide food and beverage activations throughout the three day event.

Conceived by Micah Johnson in February 2021, Aku has since become the first NFT to be optioned for film and television projects and is the first NFT to travel to space. Aku is a conduit to empower the next generation of explorers and dreamers.

WHEN / WHERE:

December 2-4, 2021

Open daily from 12-7 PM

Wynwood Arts 29

95 NW 29th St.

Miami, FL 33127

For more information please visit aku.world



By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Aku World

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