It’s been quite recently since we started to use dating apps not only for finding the second half, but also for making new friends, business contacts, and even finding people to work out with or grab the bagel in the closest cafe. But what if we could also find adherents in other countries without actually visiting them?
The startup from Prague (ARV Syndicate s.r.o.) came up with the answer and launched the ARV app, which finds you, friends, globally through the shared interest in artworks. It seemed like quite a novel idea, yet, as founders claim it’s been out there for decades.
“Look, art has always been a worldwide network, which connects one culture to the other through the shared narratives, sometimes believes and similarities in techniques. Yet, the dialogue always happened through trade or exchange. Say, if I like some pieces from your culture (could be textile, sculptures or painting), I’d buy them. By this gesture I’ll show that I recognize your culture, I like it and I want you to take a part of it with me. Now, if I like a certain artist or work living in Europe and you might share the same preference being in the US, Australia, or China, why not get connected and see what else do we have in common?”
comment from Maria Meshcherskaya (Founder of ARV)
It seemed a quite simple recipe to follow, but to release it guys had to have a long journey, with 4 launches through the first 2 years, 3 different teams, and constant transformation of the platform to perfect the formula for the ARV’s smooth functioning.
Now, ARV app works in 3 easy steps and after the registration it lets you choose the art space, work and start to chat. Every chat connects users from all over the world and keeps engagement on a satisfyingly high level. As they say: “Art is quite a neutral territory and even in too controversial polemic remains a safe, respectful environment to every participant”.
Besides, the collection of art pieces is constantly evolving and as noted on ARV’s website, multiple sources are used to provide a wide range of works starting from open APIs from the world’s leading museums to private galleries, local artists, etc.
According to rumors startup plans for the next quarter to implement NN (Neural Networks) to speed up the search of objects and also make them available for use in the art spaces throughout the United States, yet this is just what we heard.