Last week, Zibit founder Scott Kennedy spoke at the 2010 Annual PICNIC conference about Art and Technology. His presentation "Van Gogh, Van Going, Van Gone" offered a critical analysis of how technology affects various artistic media differently, and explained how by reinforcing the museum and gallery 'context', we inadvertently perpetuate the myth of art being isolated from society, and only for the select few.
The Zibit hopes to move art into the streets, doing for art what the radio did for music - making the artistic experience more accessible and more relevant in our daily lives.
If you are in Amsterdam, check out the newest Zibit art screen at the corner of Spui and Paleistraat for a map, click here. Thanks to our sponsors, and our location host, and we look forward to seeing a whole new group of artists at this location.
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As the economic situation continues to scare investors away from unstable banks and volatile stock markets, fine art seems an increasingly attractive investment.
Last week's auction of Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust" was sold for a staggering $106 million dollars, setting a world record for any work of art sold at auction. Then Yesterday, Jasper Johns "Flag, 1960-1966" sold for a record $28.6 million - the most ever paid for a Johns piece. Auction giant Christie's broke a few more world records, selling Robert Bechtle's "SF Cadillac" for $482,500, and Ralph Goings' "Still Life with Peppers" for $698,500.
And now today, Sotheby's sold an Andy Warhol self-portrait for record $32.6 million. "There's no question that the market is healthy" says Jonathan Laib, art director at Christie's.
We are all very excited to announce that the first installation of The Zibit will be in the beautiful city of Amsterdam!
One of the best things about this beautiful city is that their ability to seamlessly combine the new and the old. The small houses and cobblestone streets lining the canals remain as charming as they were hundreds of years ago, but the stylish and tech savvy people are on the cutting edge, melding the best of both worlds and exploiting each for what is has to offer.
Any city that is equally at home housing classics like Van Gogh and groups like Layar and MediaMatic is a perfect home for The Zibit.
One of the most engaging aspects of a museum isn't the object itself, but the small information plaque which contains information helping you understand what are seeing.
The Zibit has now created a system of synchronizing multiple screens so that a small information screen can accompany the main image screen. That means artists can display information about themselves, their artwork, pricing, and even email or websites where they can be contacted.
Allowing artists to share a little about themselves and their work is an important part of increasing the communication between artist and the public. Now more than ever, The Zibit is where to get connected with art!