We're going to focus on web art; basically any kind of visual display that uses code you can run on a webpage, from simple CSS to gnarly WebGL and everything in between. Furthermore, it's got to run automatically and not require interaction. Ideally it fills the available screen space. Most importantly: there has to be some sort of code involved. I love regular images and videos as well, but there are plenty of showcases for them already.
So, to that end, I've registered artywidget.com and plan to start building this web-code-art gallery there. You'll be able to go to the homepage and scroll through the top artworks. You'll be able to add new artworks (links to wherever they exist on the Internet) and collect your favorites.
You'll also be able to view them through the site. One way will simply be to click directly into them. Another way is to set up a playlist of them, or have them selected at random. That latter mode is ideal for ambient screens; just load up Arty Widget on any spare screen, such as a television or a tablet, and you have a lovely art display. Then you can change the display from any other device, such as your phone.
Sound good? Want to be part of this? You can…
- Follow along via Twitter or the mailing list.
- Collect and/or build artworks to include (you can either hit me up with links or wait until the site is ready and add them yourself).
- Help spread the word (link to this post or let me know about people who might be interested).
- Help build it, on GitHub.
- Pledge your support here on Patreon (and for those of you who already are, thank you again!).
Together we can cast a spotlight on this fabulous art form!