Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Art Blogging Lecture at Dallas Contemporary

Man Listening, Cell Phone Photo by Sheila Cunningham
Earphones, Cell Phone Photo by Sheila Cunningham

Screen, Cell Phone Photo by Sheila Cunningham
During the REAL TIME: mobile phone video exhibit, the New Media Caucus, co-hosted a series of lectures about new media at Dallas Contemporary that was open to College Arts Association members and area artists. I went to the lecture on Art Blogging. Interesting presentations on various aspects of art blogging by eight presenters.

Of course, I had to take a few cell phone photos to put in this blog!


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Neon From Digital DeeJay

Neon Lights, Cell Phone Photo by Sheila Cunningham

Late Nights at DMA


Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art are always lots of fun. There were people everywhere, and as always, lots of activities to keep everyone busy. We went through the Phil Collins: the world won’t listen exhibit. The exhibit was great and the karaoke videos fascinating. We checked out the other exhibits on the first floor. I particularly enjoyed Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus. Then it was on to the kids’ area. The favorite activity was assembling the man sculpture. We ran out of time and did not get to the J. M. W. Turner exhibit.That will definitely be on the agenda next month!
Check out more photos at artdallas on flickr.

Monday, February 18, 2008

REAL TIME: mobile phone video

Cell Phone Photo of the REAL TIME 08 website by Sheila Cunningham

The opening of REAL TIME: mobile phone video Friday night at The Contemporary was great. The gallery was dark except for the videos projected around the gallery space creating a very compelling environment. An interesting aspect of the exhibit uses the immediacy of cell phones to create and send art. The members of inter.sect will send new images everyday to create an ever-changing exhibit.

The photo above, taken by a cell phone, shows the projected website that displays the new cell phone art as it is received.

Check it out:

REAL TIME: mobile phone video
Curated by Dean Terry & John Pomara

February 15, 2008 ~ May 10, 2008

inter.sect a Dallas-based art collective, that responds collaboratively and immediately to verbal prompts

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

picturephoning.com

I discovered picturephoning.com recently. Here is their blurb:

picturephoning.com covers the latest news on camera and videophones, their social impact and more recently, what's the latest on mobile socializing and user generated content going mobile”

They also have another site textually.org:

textually.org is the entry point of three weblogs devoted to cell phones and mobile content, focusing on text messaging and cell phone usage around the world, tracking the latest news and social impact of these new technologies.”

Check it out. But beware, it is easy to spent way to much time there.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again

It seems the more things change the more they stay the same. Old guard, Mail Art, and new guard, Cell Phone Art, have much in common. They both are very democratic in inviting participation from whoever wants to play.


Early Mail Art was a statement against the juried show system and the exclusivity of the art world, with influences from the Dada and Fluxus movements. Anyone could participate. There was no jury; no fees it just needed to go through the postal system. A network of artists exchanging art through the mail, the more one sent out the more received. When a call for Mail Art went out all artwork received was shown, there was no fee to enter and documentation of the show was sent to all.

Cell Phone Art is sent via email to a network of friends, family and social network contacts. There are no juries or fees and documentation posted to websites.

A great film is How To Draw A Bunny about Ray Johnson (1927-1995) who is considered the father of Mail Art.