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Monday, January 22, 2018

Unintentional video art created by a nonworking digital ad display at Union Station, Washington, DC

Digital ad display systems could also display digital art, as well as community information, transit information, etc.

Unintentional video art created by a nonworking digital ad display at Union Station, Washington, DC

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At 5:23 PM, Blogger jae510 said...

HA! And as your probably know, NY Metro has experimented with shared ad/art platforms for a while. And an amazing example is St. Pancras. The hard part is getting internal folks to let go of the potential revenue - though I think people would look at ads more if they thought there might be an occasion when commerce isn't being pushed down their throats.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Gosh, this reminds me I've been meaning to mention a similar interesting public art issue in Toronto, but completely forgot. Normally, I would have included this in the same entry, because I like to link related items.

The Toronto piece is standalone public art, not mixed with an digital ad platform -- they have produced a work that is text based and interactive but they don't want to implement it because they are worried people will use bad language, write racist things.

The thing about ads and revenues is that theoretically, the amount of ad time is 24 hours, which is way more than they can sell, so they can "afford" to squeeze in some culture.

I didn't know that about NYC Subway. I guess I've been in the wrong stations. Didn't know about St. Pancras but I have a pr contact there I can reach out to...

Thanks for writing.

A couple more digital presentation examples I can think of are:

1. I swear I remember seeing digital art, but not ads, on the video screen on the wall of the high school of the arts in Pittsburgh

yep, I have a photo:

2. Isn't there a big digital screen on an arena or something in Boston.

-- if so I can't seem to find what I seem to remember

3. The Landmark Theaters at the Mosaic District in Suburban Fairfax County have an outdoor digital screen fronting a green where they show night time movies and cartoons on Saturday mornings... DK if they do digital art but they could.

4. The Orange Barrel Media screen next to Capital One Arena in DC runs ads, digital art, tourism promotions, and TransitScreen information. I have photos in my flickr stream of the transit stuff...

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm assuming you were aware of this...-EE

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

yep. Saw an e-mail from CM Grosso's office. Haven't looked at it yet. Comments are due by 2/20

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Mississauga's Celebration Square has "big screens" which are used for digital art, movies, sports rebroadcast, etc.


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