February 5, 2014

#DevArt Is your code your art? Be awarded a commission by @Google and the @BarbicanCentre.

5:02 pm in art,tech,web dustin hostetler


November 24, 2013


12:15 am in art,design,tech,video,web dustin hostetler

Artist & filmmaker Florian Baron produced an engaging video installation for the Ashigara Art Festival in Japan. Inspired by the same principles of the installation, Florian created an app called Kaleidoclock.

‘KALEIDOCLOCK uses a circular screen that is divided into segments, similar to the face of a clock. The segments are showing footage of a camera facing the viewer. However, only one of them is in real time, and each successive segment has a time delay to the previous one. This setup lets the viewers playfully create infinite styles of visuals through combining – in one image – their present and their recent past.’



It’s a rather simple, and fun app, and I think worth the .99¢ price tag. Have kids in your life? I’m sure they’ll love it! You can save and upload the videos to all of your favorite social media outlets. Here’s my first experiment on instagram:

More info here: Kaleidoclock

November 21, 2013

This is so cool! Face-o-mat Travels the World – 2013

1:03 pm in art,art events,community,conversations,tech,video,weird dustin hostetler

“The interaction with machines made our daily life easier, faster and more efficient. Despite the rapid growth of technology, machines could not yet replace a simple smile, but now we have Face-o-mat.

Face-o-mat is Tobias Gutmann‘s portrait machine that happened to travel 40’514 km, from Stockholm to Milan, Dar es Salaam, Tokyo and London. The social portrait-booth, was originally made of cardboard found in the trash, but has been upgraded to MDF to better withstand traveling. Since December 2012 Face-o-mat has produced over 700 portraits.”


July 21, 2013

S[EDITION] @seditionart

9:20 pm in art,tech,weird dustin hostetler

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Yesterday, a friend directed me to the s[edition] website, and my mind immediately started spinning. As a digital artist, I have for years struggled with the desire by collectors to make my work less easily reproducible / reprintable and somehow more unique and special. I’ve had collectors say to me “Well how do I know you won’t just reprint this after you sell me the original?” and it’s a good question. There really is no 100% surefire way to make a one of a kind digital piece, beyond destroying the file after sending to the printer.

I’ve gravitated towards printing my work on things like watercolor paper, which seems to lessen the impact of digital printing. I often sign my works with the year, and a “1/1” next to my name, as a guarantee to the buyer that I won’t reprint. Basically, the deeper I’ve gotten into making digital art works, the deeper I’ve found myself trying to hide the digital tracks and make work that could be perceived as original or even “hand made.”

Heck, the reason I started printing Faesthetic over a decade ago, was in response to all of the PDF zines that were floating around the internet at the time. I wanted a permanent archive of what was happening, and at the time I felt the permanence could only be found in physical objects. PDFs were just too fragile in my eyes.

Fast forward to 2013, and we find s[edition]. A company that could not have existed 10 years ago, but makes a lot of sense in today’s screen filled world. Collectable, limited edition digital works of art, viewable from any of your digital devices with a screen. Not only is the concept eye opening, the artist roster gives the brand a level of instant street cred that makes me think this “thing” is going to be real.

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But who would buy digital artwork to display on their AppleTV? You? Me? Yes! While the prices wildly vary, the notion of being able to afford a Damien Hirst piece for less than buying a new home is a big deal. That is… if the market proves there is a demand for this sort of art. I can certainly see plopping down $13 for a Hirst piece. Heck, it’s a great conversation starter at a party, having Hirst displayed on your HDTV. And sure, I can see that there is a special novelty for high end art buyers, to have a digital editioned piece, hung on a wall, showing a spinning diamond encrusted skull. $800 + the cost of a new tv is really a small investment if you perceive there to be real value in this.

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Perceived value is a big part of the art world in general right? Some artists don’t see their work selling for big tickets until after their death. Heck, it wasn’t until after Van Gogh’s suicide that his work started selling. But if savy artists with huge audiences see value in releasing their work digitally, it says a lot about where digital art could be heading.

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Shepard Fairey & David Choe already have huge international audiences, and getting them involved with this platform early on lends extreme legitimacy to the concept. In addition to a download, you get signed certificates of authenticity that add value on a process that will be a hard sell for some art collectors. One twist to the platform that really intrigues me in the notion of selling or trading your digital art. Their website says: “Once editions are sold out, you can sell your works to other collectors through the Sedition marketplace launching soon.”

Keep an eye on s[edition]. The fact that they are selling out of editions numbered in the hundreds shows there is demand, and it is going to grow.


November 12, 2012

“timeRemapExportHD” = “trippy”

9:43 pm in art,tech,video dustin hostetler


I feel like in 50 to 100 years, when mankind looks back on this era of technology advancement, this is the sort of piece they’ll reference as the moment the computers started making art for us.

October 1, 2012

The Silent History

2:06 pm in books,community,conversations,dreaming,tech,web dustin hostetler

I’m normally not one to promote iPhone apps. I don’t spend a lot of time playing on my phone beyond email and instagram, and I never read books on the tiny little screen. But The Silent History is changing things. I downloaded the app yesterday, and after playing around with the format last night I eagerly paid for the additional content.

Released daily, the app tells a story one page at a time. As soon as I woke up this morning, I devoured the first installment. Just released, The Silent History is the first app beyond facebook that I plan on logging into every day. It tells a story of a future where people stop talking. I’d tell you more, but I’m only one page in and I can’t wait to log in tomorrow.

There is so much more to this app, including location based content you can only read / open if you’re nearby. It’s really an incredible experience.

As a side note. The app was designed and developed in a geodesic dome in Cazadero, California. If you’re looking for a new and unique experience, download The Silent History today.

(photo credit: Matthias Flügge Hansen)

June 29, 2012

Blitter Bike / Faesthetic – OPEN CALL for animated gifs

1:09 am in art,art events,community,faesthetic,streets,tech,web dustin hostetler

Over the past weekend, I had the absolute thrill and privilege to experience the Blitter Bike. It’s a one of a kind creation, by my good friend Branden Hall, and it’s made to blow minds.

The long and short of it is, as the user drives the Blitter Bike, an animated gif runs behind them. It speeds up and slows down, based on the speed of the biking. It’s intended use is for Burning Man, and “regional burns”… which if you’re unfamiliar I suggest you do a little googling.

Here is where YOU come in! The Blitter Bike needs more animated gifs. Like… a lot more. And I think it would be absofuckinglutely amazing, if during it’s maiden voyage, the bike showcased Faesthetic readers and artists.

All of the info for what Branden needs, can be found here: http://blitterbike.tumblr.com/post/26074228423/give-the-gift-of-gifs

Head on over, and get involved! This is an amazing project, created by an amazing man. Add your own amazement to the cause with an amazing animated gif. 🙂 We’ll do our best to archive the gifs and project for future posterity.

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