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Blackchair Digital is a visuals consultancy that aggregates, distributes and exhibits moving image digital art content for viewing across multiple platforms and environments. Blackchair Digital is expanding to serve the rising popularity of ambient media and digital art in public and private spaces delivered via in-home and personal digital devices or digital-out-of-home or DOOH signage systems.

See our Blackchair Vimeo Pro page for examples.

We curate and produce from a pool of international artists with whom we have established relationships over the last 15 years. We act as a "virtual agency" - this allows for maximum diversity, creativity, flexibility and affords our clients an excellent value proposition.

The thematic possibilities for visuals are endless but we primarily produce moving images that are non-narrative in nature - or ambient media (and often without sound). Ambient media is designed to be featured in the background or periphery of the experience. At the same time, it must be compelling enough to engage us on a more intimate level. Brian Eno, pioneer of ambient music and creator of ambient media mentioned, "it (ambient media) must be as easy to ignore as notice".

Our History in Moving Image Art

In the early to mid 90's, Microcinema International co-founder, Joel S. Bachar was a "VJ" for events throughout Seattle - before the technology existed as it does today to create and mix and project ambient content. In 1996 Microcinema began exhibiting and distributing experimental, ambient, video and moving image art, through our short film and video festival, Independent Exposure. This series still serves us well as a discovery mechanism for international moving image artists. In 2000 from Independent Exposure Microcinema DVD was created to distribute DVDs that specialized in art and culture DVDs, including a comprehensive collection of ambient media. Microcinema closed in 2014 and now Blackchair Digital Consulting focuses soley on ambient media for digital signage and video installations.

Not simply "b-roll"

Ambient moving image art is often referred to as "video painting," "video wallpaper," or "eye candy," and is rooted in the history of experimental film and video art, as well as the VJ/DJ culture that exploded throughout the 90's and now is a mainstay of dance clubs, worldwide. Today moving image art goes well beyond the club and provides a sophisticated, trans-formative architectural component to almost any space. It can be purely architectural or a component of branding, digital signage, way-finding, or other novel uses.

Blackchair Digital Consulting works closely with dozens of international moving image artists who can provide nearly limitless hours of stylized, custom-designed, highly curated ambient imagery for your retail outlet, hotel, nightclub, bar, restaurant, health care facility, private home, and more. Content can be customized to your delivery and presentation needs - no matter the size and shape of your final projection or signage.

Programming

See our Blackchair Digital Vimeo Pro page for examples

Blackchair Digital works in all genres; content may also have full or limited exclusivity and may include live mixing (VJ/Mash Ups) for special events or custom mixes for environments: retail, hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, waiting rooms, hallways, lobbies, hospitals, private homes - the opportunities are endless.

Some examples of genres can include the following, but Blackchair always focuses on originality and artistic value.

Streetscape
  • Kinetic
  • Chill/Downtempo
  • Art & Design (All styles)
  • Moving Still Life
  • Culturally relevant
  • Seasonal
  • Branded
  • Landscapes/Cityscapes/Science/Urban
  • Whimsical
  • Found Footage/Public Domain
  • Custom Footage
Clients include:
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Starbucks Mixed Media Nights
  • Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
  • Virgin Mobile Festival
  • Hard Rock Hotels Intl
  • Hanspree

For more information please contact Patrick Kwiatkowski at , or call at 713-412-5120.