Thursday, March 27, 2008


The first artwork I made with a mobile phone is Mobile Phone Video Art Classics (MPVAC). The work premiered as a solo exhibition at the E:vent Gallery in London in July 2007. Some images from the exhibition reception in conjunction with my keynote at the Tate Modern can be found here.

Following up on that solo show in summer 2007, MPVAC is now appearing in another solo exhibition slated to open April 17th at the Experimental Arts Foundation in Adelaide (more on that later). Next week, though, MPVAC returns to London as part of a group show at London Gallery West called FILMOBILE:
FILMOBILE is a network project developed at the University of Westminster bringing together the mobile phone industry, filmmakers and artists working with mobile devices. In April and May 2008 FILMOBILE is organising a major international event consisting of a gallery exhibition, cinema screenings and an international conference. This event will explore the cultural and economic impact brought about by new mobile technologies and initiate debates between artists, the media and the new mobile industry.

The FILMOBILE EXHIBITION at London Gallery West will feature mobile art works by Mark Amerika, Camille Baker, Bebe Beard, Melissa Bliss, Elly Clarke, Romain Forquy, Steve Hawley, Brian House, Brooke A. Knight, Simon Longo, Anne Massoni, Kasia Molga, Sylvie Prasad, Michele Pred, Henry Reichhold, Max Schleser and Jo Thomas.

The FILMOBILE CONFERENCE at The Old Lumiere Cinema includes more than 22 speakers from the USA, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Italy and the UK addressing the global impact of mobile technologies in the domain of art, media and communication. A live web broadcast with the Mobilefest in Brazil is scheduled to take place during the conference.

To complement the event, SCREENINGS of world premiere mobile feature productions, including SMS Sugar Man, Why didn’t anybody tell me it would become this bad in Afghanistan, NAUSEA and Max with a Kaitai will also be presented at The Old Cinema.

For detailed program information see:
As much as I would love to fly out to London for the opening as well as participate in the conference (the curators graciously invited me out as their guest), it's really hard to keep traveling back and forth to Europe from Hawaii, and I'm already flying out again in late April for the this gig in Ghent and this gig in Brussels. (I know, everybody should have these problems.)

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, serious postproduction continues on my second major work of mobile phone art i.e. Immobilité, the second work in my Foreign Film Series of feature-length works. I'm hitting a BIG deadline on that one, now clocking in at 74 minutes.

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