Team MAGIC, or “The Magicians” (as they are known within Alley) found themselves with a rare opportunity to link their in-person retreat with the American Alliance of Museums yearly conference in New Orleans. Team Magic has worked on many museum projects and a few members of the team were speaking at the conference last year. So, instead of choosing a random city somewhere in the continental United States of America, the Magicians set their sites on the birthplace of jazz.
What do you do with a broken Kindle? Alley Technical Account Executive Tim Schwartz turns them into art. He has an exhibit called Escapism currently showing at the Leon Gallery in Denver, Colorado that displays renderings of the ocean, clouds, and other natural images on old Kindle E Ink screens and other ePaper devices.
One interesting note is that there’s no power involved in any of the art. Tim hacks the screens to add an image he wants to use, then cuts off all connectors, scrapes away the metal contacts, and removes any way to plug the Kindles back in. The E Ink screen then permanently displays the image, even when the art is dropped, jostled, or attacked with magnets.
Tim’s exhibit is open to the public and runs through April 24.