[NetBehaviour] Selling digital art

Pall Thayer pallthay at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 05:12:05 CET 2015

It's often been suggested to me that I try selling prints of some of my
more visual pieces but I can't do it. In these pieces there is no final
state... they run... on and on and on. It would completely defy the nature
of the work to attempt to capture a single moment for a print.

I did sell a piece a few years ago that was installed on a computer that
was set up solely to run that piece. It was a piece that used imagery from
a live webcam. About 3 months later the webcam stopped working. I don't
know if they ever got it running again.

On Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 10:47 PM Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:

> On 01/11/15 03:23 PM, Antonio Roberts wrote:
> >
> > My motivation behind this decision was my belief that the value of an
> > artwork should not be based on scarcity.
> +1
> > If I had used expensive
> > materials or if making multiples was labour intensive then I could see
> > more justification in raising the price and producing less. However,
> > in my case they were relatively inexpensive digital prints and so
> > making multiples was less of a problem.
> Treat it as tipping or patronage in return for a touch of the artist's
> aura?
> > This presents a problem if I want to make more money from things like
> prints.
> You can always do prints with those nicer materials (archival paper/inks
> etc.) and charge more for those.
> Or you can sign prints or provide certificates of authenticity -
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/http_gallery/22348355411/
> There are several startups that do blockchain-based editions of digital
> works. ascribe for example:
> https://www.ascribe.io/
> (I've met some of the people from ascribe but don't have any involvement
> with the project. Other services are available etc.)
> that takes the prints out of the equation altogether. :-)
> > Crowdfunding (patreon, kickstarter etc) has been suggested in the past
> > but that is more about supporting the artist, not about making money
> > directly from the artwork itself.
> You could crowdfund the edition and have the prints as backer rewards at
> various levels.
> Crowdfunding works best with things that are events with a narrative
> people can get involved with, so you'd probably need to do annual or
> biannual crowdfunding events for projects or (groups of) editions.
> You could also sell shares in a work/project/edition in return for e.g.
> sponsorship mentions at shows (like at the end of a crowdfunded movie or
> book).
> - Rob.
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