Idle Screenings

An exhibition of original and selected artworks,
streamed off-demand to your vacant computer

Now Screening:

~possibilities~ by to.be

A network of thousands of artists who’ve made and own a growing collection of extraordinary work.

The to.be community is inclusive, daringly creative, and radically experimental. We started this to carve a space for creative response to the barrage of images and sounds on the Internet. Over time, it became something we never would have expected.

We are a company of five based in Alphabet City, New York. We are dedicated to building new tools and spaces that will continue to grow this collection we love so much.

http://to.be/idlescreenings

How it Works

1. Download & install our screensaver

2. Stop using your computer

3. Watch art work while you idle

Web to Screen

Idle Screenings accesses and represents digital objects made by known good artists working today.

We consume image feeds, current moods, professional portfolios, and other dark pools of material,

delivering new looks and forms to thousands of disused monitors daily.

Exhibition 2014


Exhibition 2013 +


Exhibition 2012 →

About

Idle Screenings streams art to thousands of desktops daily, through our custom screensaver.

The exhibition explores value within an attention economy by presenting work to empty audiences in vacant rooms, at the expense of other resources, such as energy, bandwidth, and time.


Background

We launched Idle Screenings in 2012 as a one week exhibition, featuring the five most downloaded movies on the web, available in three formats: Screensaver, GIF blog, and PowerPoint.

In 2013, our format shifted to the presentation of original video works by excellent artists from around the world. You can view these works under the Exhibition 2013 section below.

We are excited to be streaming new and rare content to a broad audience of empty desks, back-filling a channel that has been static for too long.


Press