This Vending Machine Sells Pixels, Not Pepsi, To Help Digital Artists

It seems almost every aspect of our lives has adapted to technology, and now even art is shifting into a more digital form to become more accessible to artists and art lovers.

To capitalize on the world of digital art, artist Danner Milliken came up with the idea of ​​a digital art vending machine, marrying technology and art into a single device that not only serves as a product, but also an art exhibition in itself.

Milliken created unNETceptional, a digital art vending machine, to help popularize digital art in a world where physical, tangible works of art are still the only idea people have of art.

“This quirky meaning of the word is what this whole art project is about, standardizing the collection of digital art in digital formats – such as JPEG, GIF, PNG – and allowing people to view these formats through art screens digital, projectors, VR headsets, etc.,” explains Miliken in the Kickstarter campaign. (As always, beware of the risks of crowdfunding before committing your hard-earned cash.)

He hopes to raise $168,000 to have the vending machine built and running by the summer of 2020. vending machine, which will be located in New York. City street. Milliken chose six different contemporary artists to feature in the first vending machine.

In the future, Milliken hopes its digital art vending machine will be useful in places like museums and art galleries, where people can have better access to quality art in digital form.

“Thinking outside the box is key and will push digital art further and make it more respectable,” Milliken told Digital Trends. “Sometimes it can look bad just because it has the word digital in it, but there are a lot of really neat and interesting things people can collect.”

He added that in the field of augmented or virtual reality, digital art really has its own space both in the art world and in the technology world.

“What better way to ‘normalize’ the collection of digital art than to set up a vending machine on the sidewalk for the public to pass by,” he said.

Milliken is convinced that the art world will open up to new digital horizons.

“People can take technology and find something inside that we may not have seen before, and it just opens new doors for everyone,” Milliken said.

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