We're building an Art-O-Mat to take to Alchemy, the Georgia Burn!
An Art-O-Mat is a vending machine that distributes art. This project was fully funded by the Alchemy community. We are on track to collect somewhere between[masked] pieces of art to distribute, including works by Catlanta and Evereman. We are actively collecting works of art, so if you're interested in contributing, you can email Joy at [masked].
The Art-O-Mat explores two of the 10 core Burning Man principles: Decommodification and Gifting. We express Gifting by distributing art through the machine. Gifting trees are a familiar sight at Burns, but suffer from accumulating trash or trinkets. By gifting art (a gift in itself) we create a sort of on-demand gifting tree. We express Decommodification by not allowing the Art-O-Mat to accept money. Instead, art is distributed by the machine on a timer. The machine lights up, and you push a button to receive art.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and decide on the mechanism we will use to actually deliver the art. We have a few designs and some constraints to weigh. We will consider and discuss the pros and cons of using Arduinos, relays, stepper motors, actuators, and more to facilitate the delivery.
Light snacks and drinks provided, with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside for hosting the event.