Saturday, October 22, saw the opening of the NFT Factory, a place dedicated to the discovery of NFTs and Web3 projects. For this occasion, we went to Titou Granier, office manager, who welcomed us to the premises of this completely new place, located in the heart of Paris, opposite the Center Pompidou.
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Titou Granier, I am 22 years old. Passionate about film at first, I started studying arts and culture management at ICART. During my internships, I quickly got into the world of Web3, which led me to carry out countless projects, up to and including those of the NFT Factory.
Can you briefly describe what NFTs are?
NFT is the acronym of “Non Fungible Token”, it is the title of ownership of a digital object, i.e. it allows to authenticate the original holder of a file. Thanks to NFTs, theœwork becomes traceable and is immutably stored on the blockchain: so it is even more effective than a paper certificate of authenticity! It is thanks to NFTs that crypto art has been democratized. To learn more, sign up for our 20-minute Web3 discovery workshops.
What is your background in the world of NFTs?
The NTFs really came to me gradually, without me being interested in them at first. Two years ago I was driven by a desire to rework the film industry. My idea was pretty simple: I wanted to sell bits of film and accompany them with merchandising. For example, a parent could offer their child a pass from their favorite Disney, and they would be the sole holder. NFTs then appeared as the ready-made solution. Not knowing much about this universe, I asked the director of my establishment to set up NFT courses. His answer was, “Okay for conferences, but you’re the one who organizes them, here’s a person you can contact”. Armed with the email address of Jean-Michel Paihlon – Nicolas Laugero Lasserre and he gather together œworks by Obvious – and my motivation I organized my very first NFT conference. Then Jean-Michel Pailhon offered me an internship, which I accepted without hesitation. The next day he entrusts me with a Ledger key, two hundred euros and these few words “Do what you will with it”. Since that day I have never stopped working in NFTs and had the opportunity to participate in the biggest NFT events in the world, especially in Lisbon or in New York during the night of the announcement of Ledger’s personal collection that I helped compile.
Can you introduce us to the NTF Factory project?
The NFT Factory is the result of a collective of 128 founding members, also referred to as our “founders”. The goal is to democratize this common passion of Web3 and NFTs and to unite a community. The NFT Factory is free of charge and open to all target groups. You will find exhibitions of NFTs, workshops and training in this unique place to get started in the world of Web3, collect and even create NFTs. There will also be a program of various events, an artist residency and a studio dedicated to supporting businesses in Web3 creation. There is also an area exclusively for members – holders of The Members Node, the gallery’s NFT – on the first floor. Exclusive events are organized there.
Who does the NFT Factory consist of?
We are seven employees: Lucie Eleonord Riveron, CEO; Loris Maciera Coelho, project manager and CEO’s right-hand man; Fares Habida, Web3 Project Manager; Benoit Couty, artistic director; Samy Behrouni, Communications Manager and Raphaëla Leveque, Founder Manager.
What was your role in this project?
I’m pretty versatile. I am an office manager, I mainly take care of the cultural mediation of the place, I also help with the scenography and the curation. I also follow NFT trainings.
The collective is working on various projects such as events, workspaces and other things that are still confidential but still related to the democratization of NFTs and Web3.
Find all the news from the NFT Factory on their website.
Interview by Emma Mercier