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Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone

By Regine

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groundbreaking works that are being created by artists today using cell phone technologies

Cell Phone features 30 artists and artist collectives representing the range of artworks being created with and for a mobile phone device.

Some of the works in Cell Phone take the form of a sculptural object, like Beatrice Valentine Amrhein's Videos Lustre which features dozens of cell phones hanging from the ceiling like a chandelier, each running a short film on the cell phone's screen. Other works, like TXTual Healing by Paul Notzold, or cell:block by URBANtells, invite the audience to contribute content to a work through SMS or photos sent from their cell phones.

0mobilediscioj.jpgAnother category of works include those that involve downloading a program, a video, or an image to your mobile device. Angie Waller's clip.fm, for example, expands the communicative possibilities of cell phones through a series of narrative animations that can be downloaded and sent to friends instead of a text message. Other works like Mark Shepard's Tactical Sound Garden or Blast Theory's Uncle Roy All Around You allows audience members to participate with others in an interactive performance. Making a call from a cell phone will connect visitors with yet another group of works in the exhibition. Talking on a cell phone while walking through Informationlab's room-sized installation Cell Phone Disco, for example, will make visible the aura of an active cell phone's signal by creating a trace of blinking lights on the gallery walls. In other works, a phone number will be given to access pieces such as Steve Bradley's Call & Response: HydroSistrum which will invite visitors to dial a number to listen to data related to the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, including information about water quality, currents, and temperature.

The exhibition runs January 21 - April 22, 2007.

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