Art Related Vending

The Daily Palette 
"The idea of the vending machine as an alternative art gallery began in the 1970s with Robert Piser's The Daily Palette. The Daily Palette was a series of newspaper vending machines in the San Francisco Bay Area. These were filled with weekly silk-screened art editions that sold for 25 cents, or, as Piser put it, "Significant art works at popular prices." Piser's work was significantly different from the Fluxus artists. The Fluxus artists vended work by single artists inside a gallery. For Piser, the vending machine was the gallery, selling work by a variety of artists in locations not typically associated with art, such as on street corners. The desire to break away from traditional ideas of art galleries and to make art available to "non-traditional art buyers" aka, regular folk, are ideals that most contemporary art vending machine endeavors share."

"With vending machines lined up on many of Japan's city streets, there are plenty of opportunities for camouflage. Showing off the design yesterday, Miss Tsukioka lifted a flap on the skirt to expose a large sheet of cloth printed with the familiar bright red Coca-Cola logo.She showed how a woman walking alone could hide behind it to outfox a potential attacker.The experimental clothes designer has already sold 20 of the £400 hand-sewn vending machine skirts and is hoping to market the design worldwide.She says the idea was inspired by a trick used by Japanese ninja assassins, who cloaked themselves-in black blankets so they couldn't be seen at night."


"Jake Bronstein recently bought a toy vending machine off the Internet. He filled the toy capsules with ideas of fun things to do and started placing the machine in various spots around New York. For 50 cents you get the original toy, an idea, and a map to guide you to the location for your idea. Each capsule also contains a quarter, refunding half of your purchase price (the machine wouldn’t let him charge less than 50 cents.)" From Charlie Todd]
Gumball Poetry

"Gumball Poetry is a non-profit literary magazine that publishes the best poetry it can get a hold of. But we publish it differently - into gumball machines (capsules) and onto the Web."

"Good question. As TV tightens its stranglehold on the world, and attention spans continue to wane, we found it difficult to find poetry. It was buried in the depths of bookstores - if there at all. Nearly all major publishing houses have stopped publishing poetry, leaving poetry publishing to the excellent, but limited, university presses. Newspapers and magazines rarely review poetry. Well respected friends didn't seem to read it and thus it was never passed on. What happened to poetry? In essence, poetry that we enjoyed was getting very hard to find. Rather than believing it just simply wasn't being written, or worse, that poetry was no longer welcome in the American cultural landscape, we decided to create a new venue for it. One that was accessible, cheap, personal, and so on. Gumball Poetry is Born."


I found these images a few years ago and can't find the link.