Mobile, Smart & Cell Phone Digital Art Making
Its no secret that there is a ton of potential in mobile/smart phone art making. In fact, you might be a little late to the party! (Im kidding, its never to late to join in). There are literally tons and tons of apps that are both practical, fun and objective, however, I think that the true potential in the medium is hidden in the cross testing of multiple apps combined. After that, the beauty and further discovery is in synthesizing them together for your creative output. I know, that sounds ambitious, especially if you are new to the mobile/smart phone art making game.
The output may be a series of still frames that work together as a sequence or a series dedicated to a style that you create. The output may be a series of subtle animations in the form of GIFs or micro videos (Instagram will loop them for you today). These creative experiments can surely be created from your imagination, dreams and emotions. They can also be creative ways of visually painting a picture to illustrate your response to an editorial, a news feed thread, a scholarly article, an interview, and so on. I think you follow, yes? Either way, the use of visuals are more present than ever in almost all of the media that we consume. And do we consume it! This stretches from all forms of digital and static public advertising, news feeds upon news feeds and interactive media that is user based and customizable. This includes academic publications and pedagogy. Yes, thats right, if you think that academia wont be effected by the how the media and main stream advertising plays a roll in our shaping our psychology and lives, watch what happens over the next 2-3 years. Human attention has become a commodity and a currency. More on that soon!
This week (and forward) is about experimentation and redefining how you perceive your device and what its expressive potential is! Lets get acquainted with some of the apps by visiting the links below. Some apps as we know offer a free version for the sake of testing the app. There is quite a bit that can be done today with options to both take screen-shots of still images and also capture screen-recording for creating short animations. I have a few favorites for sure and have tested the apps listed below. Make purchases only at your discretion. Lets dig in.
Where will you post your experimentation? Instagram? Twitter? Facebook? Reddit? Flickr? Tumblr, Vero? Your personal website?
Or here on the Net-Art site on the Commons! We would love to have your work and the work of your students.
Would you like to craft a project for an online exhibition? Contact me here – rseslow (at) york.cuny.edu
**You may want to free up some space on your device before you begin. Applications take up space, and so does the work that you will create.
Glitche’ – glitche.com
to.be camera – to.be/camera
Giphy Cam – https://giphy.com/apps
Instagram – http://Instagram.com
VHS CAM – http://rarevision.com/vhscam
Assembly Design App – http://assemblyapp.co
GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)
Feel free to leave a few comments below! Share anything you wish. Troubleshooting issues? Urls and links? Lets participate!