One of the challenges that digital artists often face is being caught between two worlds: the endless vista of the internet, which offers freedom, and the limitations of the gallery space, which provides institutional validation. Today, with more digital artists active than ever, those in the field continue to find ways to raise the stakes of internet-based art work. Electric Objects, for example, is a New York company that makes a digital art display called the EO1, and they work closely with digital artists to commission works specific for the device.
"Our computers, tablets, phones are designed for distraction," Electric Objects cofounder and curator Zoe Salditch told The FADER. "We want to bring digital art into a space where it can enjoyed in a more persistent, more contemplative way: the walls of our homes."
This week the company went one step further and launched Art Club Fund, which Salditch says "will dedicate $100,000 to commissioning new works of digital art in 2016." The funding comes from a combination of "thousands of backers on Kickstarter and early stage investors who believe in our mission," she continued.
Submissions are now open, and selected artists will receive a $500 commission fee and an EO1 digital art display. Learn more about the Art Club Fund and submit work here.