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Embedded Art System

Malte Steiner and Wolfgang Spahn are exploring the artistic potential of embedded open source systems. This platform gives the possibility to combine quite a lot of independent devices to create a more powerful system than most single computers can provide. Open Source and Open Hardware gives the possibility to access all resources of the used embedded systems, to build a network with full control at the same time.

Both artists developed a system that made it possible to control simultaneously up to 255 independent embedded platforms and keep the costs low by using the cheap mini computer Raspberry Pi. Each individual Raspberry Pi runs a python program that controls the Omxplayer, the Raspicam, Open GL objects and a Paper-Duino-Pi Board with all its analog inputs and outputs. This Python program can be controlled with the Open Sound Control protocol. All embedded systems in the network are connected via Ethernet for exchanging OSC messages.

Raspberry Pi Image

How to make an Embedded Artist Image …
… based on Raspbian Wheezy 2014-09-09:
Image Modifikations Wheezy
… based on Raspbian Jessie 2015-11-21:
Image Modifikations Jessie
The original image is here:



OSC Protocol

Duino-Pi Protokol

Network configuration

IP Selctor

Resources and Python Modules

Set HDMI Mode:


VNC Server

autostart the VNC Server

USB Audio:

for the LogiLink UA0053 Adapter

SD card read-only

Set the SD card to a read-only mode.
Read-Only SDcard