Pivilion Quantifications – a research into decentralised [digital] art distribution

It’s been a while. 2018 was quite busy and we’ve been working on other projects. Pivilion is still going strong with continuous support from Akademie Schloss Solitude, where the project was started as part of the Schlosspost Web Residency, and where we currently reside IRL as part of the 2018-2019 Web Based Media fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

Over the year we’ve made some changes and bugfixes on the Pivilion Gitlab site and are planning to do a major overhaul of the gallery system very soon. Continue reading…

Idea framework

Pivilion emerged as an extremely logical collab project at a time of extended telepresence opportunity in a time of scarcity in the cultural sector.
(In order to show in a “regular” way, you would need to register, submit and upload your values to the hierarchical nature of the art/net systems and adapt to the existing Terms of use and the paradigms of classical POW.)

While doing our first net themed collab research (powered by net.cube & G-MK) we articulated a (common) necessity to broaden the limits of our
indicated art-void into a factual collaborative non-institutional (self-initiated and ideologically coherent) environment. Continue reading…

Tech background

This time I’ll talk a bit about the technology behind Pivilion.

Let’s start with the Raspberry Pi.

As the website says, “The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.”

We won’t be using it for any of that, though exploration and education are part of what we’re trying to achieve. We’re using it primarily because of it’s low cost and availability. The Model A+ costs $20, the Model B+ costs $25, the Pi 2 costs $35, the Pi 3 costs $35, and the Pi Zero costs $5, plus local taxes and shipping/handling fees. Pivilion will be able to run on any of these machines. Continue reading…

A bit of background in plain English

A bit of background in plain English

Why would one need a small battery-powered device that can host image galleries from any place in the world with an available WiFi Internet connection?

The idea came to life during Dina’s residency in net.cube at G-MK in Zagreb. She had her own web project (aaaand we’re back up!) that required hosting on a local network during a presentation.The Raspberry Pi seemed ideal for the project. We wanted to make the project accessible from the Internet and for that we needed to circumvent closed incoming ports that disallowed us from running services from inside the gallery. Tor hidden services pretty much do that out-of-the box. The rest seemed logical – I powered up one of hacklab01’s RPis and first made it a web server. Then installed Tor and set it up – the whole thing just worked and the setup didn’t take up much time at all. Continue reading…

Hello world

Hello world. We’re alive and kicking! Setting up together.js in t-10 mins.

This is the Pivilion web residency blog. Pivilion is a decentralized darknet pocket gallery that runs on a Raspberry Pi device. Find out more about it by reading the read me in the menu above.  

You can talk to us using together.js from Mozilla on the right. 

More soon. 🙂 

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