Unlimited editions: Three approaches to the dissemination and display of digital art

Mark Blythe, Jo Briggs, Jonathan Hook, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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    The paper reflects on three approaches to the dissemination and display of digital art. "s[edition]" is a novel, web-based service that offers limited editions of "digital prints".Analysis of user comments suggests that the metaphor of a "limited digital edition" raises issues and to some extent is resisted. The second approach is the Flickr Brushes Gallery, where digital painters post images and comment on one another's work. Analysis of comment boards indicates that the shared art and comments are a form of gift exchange. Finally, the paper discusses a field study in which artists exhibited their work as it develops over time in digital frames and also in an immersive digital projection room. Analysis of field notes and interviews indicate that the digital frame approach was unsuccessful because of aesthetic and environmental concerns. The immersive projection suggested that more experiential approaches may be more interesting. It is argued that there is an inherent resistance in digital media to previous models of art commoditization. None of the approaches discussed here resolve the dilemma but rather indicate the scope and complexity of the issues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31st


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
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    • Art
    • Digital culture
    • Ethnography
    • Interaction design

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