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I like to write about interesting art projects,
so give me a heads up if you have new project
and I'll write about it.
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Mass Art Project
Boris Rogge of mass-art.org has created a
massively multi player pixel art project. He is interested in exploring the social
potential of the Internet. The idea of this project is to make a digital pixel-art
painting created by a very large number of people.
The goals of the project as stated on their site are:
1. Be the world's first work of art created by a large amount of people from all over the world.
2. Proof that people from all over the world are willing to work together in order to create something
beautiful (at least we hope it will turn out to be very nice).
3. Have one million participants contribute to the project.
4. Have people from each and every country in the world participate to the project.
Boris aspires to have 1,000,000 users
contribute to the project. He hopes the project will not only be the first of its kind,
it will also produce a unique piece of art that has been created over languages,
cultures and borders.
The scale of the multi-artist painting is huge, it is 64,000,000 pixels. The entire
painting is broken down into a grid of grids until you get to the pixel scale. Drawing
is easy, simply choose a color from the provided palette then click on the pixel that
you wish to color.
When the painting is complete it will be printed on a large canvas.
Boris is running a poll on the site ranking the museum (Smak, Tate, Moma and Prado) that the
contributing artists would most
like to see the finished product hanging in. If the winner of the poll does not want it,
the next museum will get a shot at it and so on unless nobody wants it, in which case the
mass-art.org organizers will keep it.
Currently the picture as a whole looks kind of sparse. This is because the project just went live in late December 2005.
At the present there are only 60 users
registered. But registration is free and easy.
So is leaving your mark on what could be
a piece of art history. I'm definitely adding mass-art.org to my list of projects to keep an eye on.