I enjoy rich media art and I’ve always wanted to figure out how to display it in an easy way.
We have some rich media art displays in the USV office. We have an Electric Objects and a Meural. They are nice, but they are proprietary systems and at least one of these companies has folded already.
What I’ve always wanted is the ability to showcase rich media art with standard off the shelf hardware.
So when we recently replaced an old TV with a new one, I took the old one and put it on the wall in my home office.
And when the Gotham Gal got a new Mac Mini, I took the old one and mounted it to the back of that display.
Then I cleaned up the old Mac Mini (basically a factory reset) and then launched a browser and went and found some art.
There is a lot of rich media art on Vimeo and you can put a playlist together and run it in full screen mode in the browser.
Here is my display doing that:
I also have been playing around with Sedition Art’s Art Stream service. It’s a subscription service that lets you stream twelve curated works of art that are updated weekly on your display at any time.
Here’s my display doing that:
There are some services out there that are based on Chromebit that I am interested in trying. I got a Chromebit and am working on setting that up. I will report back on that once I get it working.
My conclusion is this. If you have old displays and computers that you don’t need anymore, they are easy to turn into rich media displays. You should try it. It’s great.