Installation Instructions

Almost all of the art I produce is available under a free software or free culture license. For the avoidance of doubt, I believe that these licenses grant you sufficient rights to publicly display the work in a gallery or conference or other private or public setting.

This page contains guidance for installing various artworks. Given the rapid rate of change of technology in the twenty-first century is provided without a guarantee that it will be accurate, useful or applicable when you read it.

Versions of works for display online can be found at https://show.robmyers.org/ . I cannot guarantee the availability of this site or the versions of the work on it.

Versions of works for downloading to cache locally can be found in Git repositories at https://gitlab.com/u/robmyers/ . Note that many of these will still require network connections. Downloading them and running them from the filesystem or a local web server removes my website’s availability as a variable though.

General Web Browser Work Notes

Use a modern cross-platform web browser such as Chromium/Chrome or Firefox.

The web browser must have JavaScript enabled.

Install as few plugins in the web browser as possible to avoid compatibility problems.

Set the work to be displayed as the default home page for the browser.

Set the browser to launch in full screen mode by default (see here for details – http://www.skipser.com/p/2/p/set-full-screen-mode-by-default-for-ie-chrome-and-firefox.html or search for “full screen browser” or “kiosk mode” for your chosen browser.).

Set the web browser to run automatically when the user logs in.

Set the user whose account the version of the web browser configured to display the work is under to log in automatically.

Take a local copy of the work and display that in the browser rather than using the version on my site. This will insure against network problems. You can fetch the work by pulling the Git repository containing the work. Note that some works will still require to be served via a local web server due to the browser’s security policy- this is easy enough to do on modern operating systems.

Make sure that the operating system is set not to sleep or lock the screen after a period of inactivity.

General Ethereum Work Notes

Follow the general notes on web browser works.

Works that use Ethereum must be displayed either in a browser using the “Metamask” plugin, in the “Mist” Ethereum browser, or in a web browser that can access an Ethereum node on port 8545 on the machine that the browser is running on.

Of these options using Metamask is by far the easiest.

Given the need to access the Ethereum network, all Ethereum works require an Internet connection to work.

Displaying Ethereum Works Using Metamask

See here for Metamask – https://metamask.io/ .

Displaying Ethereum Work

To simply display the work, without allowing user to change the work’s blockchain state, just install Metamask.

Displaying Ethereum Work For User Interaction

To display the work and allow the user to change the work’s blockchain state, install Metamask and carefully record the twelve word seed and password for the account.

You will not need to tell anyone these details publicly even if they claim otherwise.

Fund the account with a small amount of Ether (five dollars at a time is more than enough) so that the work can pay to change its state.

Check the amount of Ether in the account each day and top it up if needed.

Make sure that Metamask is unlocked each day. You will need the password for the Metamask account for this, but you will not need to reveal it to anyone else (if they ask, do not tell them – they don’t need to know your credit card PIN either).

It is important to lock down the browser in “kiosk mode” to prevent users from loading pages over the network that will allow them to send all the Ether elsewhere.

Artworld Ethereum

See the general Ethereum work notes above.

Artworld Ethereum works displayed non-interactively look good on a large tablet or on a wall-mounted screen.

Artworld Ethereum works displayed for viewers/users to modify the blockchain state work well on desktop computers. Make sure you lock the computer down so that users cannot leave the work, see the general Ethereum work notes above for some guidance on this.

Blockchain Aesthetics

See the general web browser work notes above.

Blockchain Aesthetics does require an Internet connection but it does not require any special plug-ins.

It requires access to the blockchain.info API. If the blockchain.info API is down, or if it is changed in ways that the code cannot handle, the code will not work. You can test the blockchain.info API by following the instructions for testing Websocket connections here – https://blockchain.info/api/api_websocket . If the API is changed I may not be able to update the code to handle this within a given timeframe.

The code will fit itself to the size of the browser window it is being displayed in.

Blockchain Aesthetics works look good on large tablets or on large wall-mounted screens.

Facecoin

See the general web browser work notes above.

Facecoin does not require an Internet connection or any special plug-ins.

The code will fit itself to the size of the browser window it is being displayed in.

Facecoin looks good on a large tablet or on a large wall-mounted screen.