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OScon 2008 presentation using Ubuntu as a software-based art kiosk.

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Exhibiting Software

  1. 1. Exhibiting Software Hunter Cross Huntercross.com/content/es.zip Business: ponticlaro .com Art: huntercross.com/art
  2. 2. Hypothesis <ul><li>OSCon attendees will not know the sculptors. They will know some of the painters and possibly one artist who uses nintendo games in his work. </li></ul><ul><li>Painting != Art </li></ul>
  3. 4. Vincent Van Gogh
  4. 6. Pablo Picasso
  5. 8. Christo & Jeanne-Claude
  6. 10. Robert Smithson
  7. 12. Cory Arcangel ‘Super Mario Clouds’ 2004 Whitney Biennial
  8. 13. Stairway (2007) - Dallas Contemporary <ul><li>cement, welded steel, donated/collected trophy statuettes, recycled trophy hardware, various steel hardware, black enamel on perforated steel panels, site’s pre-existing wall, ADA-approved steel steps and floor sheeting </li></ul>
  9. 15. 6,000 - 7,000 trophies All collected through the internet and Texas Thriftstores
  10. 17. flickr.com/trophycollection Hola! Be my flickr friend!
  11. 18. Multiple Formats and Experiences <ul><li>All Art will be experienced in-gallery AND online/in-browser/in-phone </li></ul><ul><li>How should artists use that to create new experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>How can GNU/Linux and Free Software be a part of this new cultural reality? </li></ul>
  12. 19. Smithson’s ‘Non-Site’ <ul><li>A two-part artwork </li></ul><ul><li>One part in-gallery, another on the site from where the works materials came </li></ul><ul><li>Both can be experienced separately and completely. Together they form a larger experience. </li></ul>
  13. 20. Mutually Contributive Experiences Any experiences of an artwork that broaden the meaning of that work through multiple sites, formats and time.
  14. 22. High Five Huntercross.com/art/highfive/
  15. 23. What is it? <ul><li>Software-based proposal </li></ul><ul><li>A physical work that creates a digital work by being photographed by satellites </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleMaps Mashup </li></ul><ul><li>Single “page” web app </li></ul>
  16. 25. Exhibiting Software Kiosk <ul><li>• Old Recycled PC </li></ul><ul><li>• Internet Connection - Ethernet/Wifi </li></ul><ul><li>• Ubuntu Linux </li></ul><ul><li>• Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>• R-kiosk Firefox Plugin </li></ul><ul><li>• Web-based software for in-gallery and in-browser mutually contributive experience </li></ul>
  17. 26. Old Recycled PC <ul><li>Build an exterior box </li></ul><ul><li>Hide cords - use channels </li></ul><ul><li>Consider noise </li></ul><ul><li>Add a lock to insure that the PC is not tampered with during run-time </li></ul><ul><li>Power - Ecostrip or Power-strip with Timer </li></ul>
  18. 28. Internet Connection <ul><li>WIFI, if not, hide cords if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Encrypt with WPA2 </li></ul><ul><li>https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported </li></ul><ul><li>Belikin Wifi Card - F5D7000 v3 </li></ul><ul><li>https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/RalinkRT2500 </li></ul><ul><li>D-Link Router - Update to latest firmware </li></ul>
  19. 30. Ubuntu (1 of 3) <ul><li>Wipe hard drive </li></ul><ul><li>Start with fresh install </li></ul><ul><li>Update everything to latest </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off update notification </li></ul><ul><li>Set to auto-login your user </li></ul><ul><li>• Set the screensaver either to off or to a non intrusive setting </li></ul>
  20. 32. Ubuntu (2 of 3) <ul><li>Change keychain to auto-load (so no pass is needed on re-boot) https://answers. launchpad . net/ubuntu/ +question/5643 </li></ul><ul><li>install libpam-keyring
 </li></ul><ul><li>modify your keyring to have the same password as your account </li></ul><ul><li>sudo gedit gdm </li></ul>
  21. 34. Ubuntu (3 of 3) cd /etc/pam.d sudo gedit gdm <ul><li>## http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=187874 </li></ul><ul><li>## ADD THESE LINES TO MAKE SURE YOU </li></ul><ul><li>## DON’T HAVE TO TYPE IN A PASSWORD ON REBOOT </li></ul><ul><li>auth optional pam_keyring.so try_first_passsession </li></ul><ul><li>optional pam_keyring.so </li></ul>
  22. 36. Ubuntu (Optional) <ul><li>Setup crontab or use gnome-schedule (sudo apt-get install gnome-schedule) </li></ul><ul><li>Setup a restart interval…my suggestion is every 30 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>This allows for the kiosk to refresh and insure that it is in a fresh state for new visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Google “auto reboot ubuntu” </li></ul>
  23. 38. Firefox (1 of 2) <ul><li>Make sure all things that might disrupt the session or pop-up an error are removed…so… </li></ul><ul><li>Disable Firefox Auto-Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Set your homepage to your artwork’s address </li></ul>
  24. 40. Firefox (2 of 2) <ul><li>Setup Ubuntu so that it Auto-starts Firefox on boot (Be SURE YOU ARE READY !) </li></ul><ul><li>System > Sessions > Startup Programs </li></ul>
  25. 42. R-kiosk Firefox Plugin <ul><li>https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1659 </li></ul><ul><li>It will take effect as soon as you install it </li></ul><ul><li>You will have to access Firefox safe-mode to turn it off </li></ul><ul><li>There are a few options…i.e. enabling or disabling print commands, etc. </li></ul>
  26. 44. One Page Web Apps <ul><li>Almost anything can be incorporated with the right plugin </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for additional information / background </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for Visitor to view again at home and show friends…Opening up Mutually Contributive Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Use standard XHTML/CSS and quality web-hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Use Jquery Tabs to enable multiple “pages” or artworks on the same kiosk </li></ul><ul><li>Use touchscreen or mouse </li></ul>
  27. 45. Challenge <ul><li>One box per gallery / museum developed by us and donated </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a physical infrastructure on which artists can base projects </li></ul><ul><li>Loosely coupled so that the only exhibition requirement is to enter a new default homepage into Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>GO OUT THERE AND DO IT </li></ul>
  28. 46. Future Development <ul><li>Create an appliance of this stack with convenient config app </li></ul><ul><li>Call for entries for the ‘platform’ </li></ul><ul><li>Allows complete re-distribution and isolation…i.e local install </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attractive to Artists because it allows for potential sale and collecting of complete work </li></ul></ul>
  29. 47. Software Art Links <ul><li>rhizome.org </li></ul><ul><li>runme.org </li></ul><ul><li>turbulence.org </li></ul><ul><li>processing.org </li></ul><ul><li>file.org.br </li></ul><ul><li>thesheepmarket.com </li></ul>
  30. 48. Hunter Cross <ul><li>Huntercross.com - art, music, blog </li></ul><ul><li>Ponticlaro.com - web development, web apps </li></ul><ul><li>512-970-9763 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>