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About this project

CONNECT WITH ART LIKE NEVER BEFORE

What if you owned a piece of artwork that communicated many different forms of digital media in a curated storytelling experience, direct from your home or office?


INTRODUCING AMP POSTERS

Interactive artwork that tells stories. Experience short film, music, literature and more, all witih a fine art print and a phone.  

WHAT IS ART?

From Wikipedia ( The experts on art! )

Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and paintings.


WHAT IS A QR CODE?

A barcode that smartphone cameras scan to load a website. They look like this:

WHAT IS AMP?

Ambient Media Portal. It is the use of QR codes embedded in an elegant way to peek into the world that lives in a painting. It is an attempt to smash all aspects of Art (see definition above) into one image that is accessible through the use of a smartphone.



WHY VIEW ART WITH A SMARTPHONE?

To expand the experience beyond the initial reaction to the art. To allow the artist to actively communicate with the viewer. To create a new media channel where you can listen to music, watch a film, and read stories in a multimedia dynamic experience from the comfort of your home.


WHY THIS MATTERS

For many, the smartphone is the main form of communication in our daily lives. Text, tweet, call, snap, play, search. The power to connect to the globe is right in our hands. With all the apps being created to unlock the potential of the smartphone, why not use these innovations to discover art in an exciting new way.


HOW DO I ACCESS AMP?

Look at the rewards in the grey bar to the right of the screen.

Think of each poster as both art you hang on the wall and subscription to wonderful content by various independent artists. The goal is to update the content as often as possible so you get access to creative stories told through the art on your wall.

(Pictured above: The Skyline)  
(Pictured above: AMP close up in The Skyline)  
(Pictured above: The City)
(Pictured above: The Steps)
(Pictured above is the original painting next to a limited edition print for backers at the $150 & $400 level)

Backers at the $150 and $400 above level will receive these awesome limited edition prints. They’re special for two reasons. The first reason is because of the printing technique used to make these prints look more like the actual painting. The black lines on the original paintings are drawn with a bead of acrylic paint. To mimic this effect with a poster print I had to find a speciality shop with the proper equipment. The end result, shown below, is a visibly textured surface that gives the print a unique feeling.



The second reason is that these are a limited edition run. I will not print more than the number of backers at each of the levels. Each one will be signed and numbered (e.g. #4 of 200).

NEXT STEPS AND WHERE THE MONEY GOES 

The paintings have already been created. They're in my gallery located near the famous Pike Place market and Seattle Art Museum (Hammering Man) in downtown Seattle. If anyone wants to come see them in person I’d love to have you stop by.


There are three areas that the money will be spent on. They are as follows.

  1. To create the high quality content we will hire a larger team of artists. I will art direct this team (a role I have done previously) in a studio located in Seattle. The goal of this approach would be to not only produce something of high quality, but give other talented artists a chance to showcase their work and be involved in a larger project with a spotlight. There are a total of 18 QR codes in the three paintings. This team would create and produce the content for each one. The type of content we create will depend on the amount raised. For example, producing a video costs more than writing a story. We will wait to see our funding level before committing to the number of videos created.
  2. In parallel with the content production our team will build the web and mobile sites (the mobile version will be HTML, not a native application). There is no ground-breaking technology that has to be developed, which means that these apps will be built on open-source, standards-based software stacks, to reduce costs and time to production.

If you see the potential in this project please participate by helping us reach our funding goals, and help us spread the word by Liking us on Facebook and/or Tweeting the message. Thank you very much!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    At this level we will provide you with properly sized digital files of the paintings that you can use as a desktop background, or on an iPhone/iPad/Android/WinMo.

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    One 18" x 24" print of the painting of your choice plus the digital files from the the $15 reward.

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    At this level you will receive a print of all three paintings at the 18" x 24" size in addition to the digital files provided at the $15 reward.

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    To help get this project kickstarted we are providing the 30" x 40" print at the $150 level for just $125. There are only 50 of these available, so act fast!

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    Pledges at this level will receive a special 30" x 40" limited edition print of one of the three paintings of your choice. This will feature a special spot high-gloss varnish overlay that gives the poster a more realistic feel. The number of posters in this run will be limited to the amount of backers, so these will be very exclusive posters indeed. Each will be numbered and hand signed by the artist.

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    You receive the complete set of three 30" x 40" limited edition prints as described in the $150 pledge.

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    Backers at this level will receive a 30" x 40" hand embellished canvas print of the painting of their choice. It will be stretched on a wood frame and hand signed by Tony.

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    You receive a custom original 30" x 40" Tony Taj painting.

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- (30 days)