AMITIAE - Wednesday 9 July 2014
Digital Art: Investing and Viewing Online with [S]edition - Bangkok Post, Life
By Graham K. Rogers
Pyke is one of the artists featured by [S]edition: an organisation set up to distribute limited-edition art in digital format. He spoke recently about collecting digital Art during his solo-exhibition at The Hospital Club. The Club is a London venue founded by Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder) and David A. Stewart (formerly of the Eurythmics).
These may also be displayed on the iPad, iPhone or on a computer using a browser. The [S]edition site currently lists 61 still works and 168 video. There is also an app for Android devices as well as for some Samsung televisions.
A client pays for a work that can be downloaded and viewed online. [S]edition issues a certificate as proof of ownership and it is possible to download a PNG version of the work. Over time, the price may increase. When the edition is fully subscribed, works can be traded. Some of the works available are not to my taste, but that is what collecting is about. I buy what I want to see.
User Vault on [S]edition Site
As well as Transfiguration, a particular favourite of mine is Dreamscape 2 by Lee Lee Nam. This first appears to be a traditional Chinese landscape picture but it cycles through the seasons during the display. Most of the video works, like Transfiguration and Dreamscape 2, are accompanied by sound.
The iPhone screen is too small to appreciate a work fully: even the rumoured larger screen of the next iPhone will not be enough. The iPad is a little better, but still not perfect, although with the Retina displays of these iOS devices, the images are sharp. The larger screen of the 13" MacBook Pro is reasonable when full screen mode is used, while iMacs should give a good display. But why stop there?
At home, I have adapters that allow me to connect the devices directly to the television by HDMI cable, so I can view the works (and other content) using that medium. The problem with cables, however, is that they look untidy spread over the floor, so I now use the AppleTV and its Wi-Fi link (AirPlay) to feed content directly to the television. My Art in my home.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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