|Jo Dunford, Untitled, Instagram, 2011|
Technology is what drives the world today. Everywhere you look someone is on their Smartphone texting, emailing, surfing the internet, or taking pictures. In this aspect many of the Smartphone applications cover all areas of the spectrum. Some most popular today would be photo sharing apps that let you take pictures or make pictures and share them with your followers. The question is, “Is this art?” The images taken with these apps, for instance Instagram, Hipstamatic, and Mixel, create beautiful creations. But are they made through a machine to be art or since the human has made their own composition, does it reflect being an art piece?
|Steph Thomson, Beverly Hills, US: Coffee, Hipstamatic, 2011|
|Khol Vinh, Untitled, Mixel, 2011|
We started out thinking of painting and drawing, and what we found was that drawing a line is very personal and people find it very personally risky, they feel like, I’m being judged on whether or not I can draw a circle, and nobody can draw a circle, right? So everyone feels insecure about it. We had to create a way for them to express themselves visually without making them undertake the scary task of rendering something, so that’s why there’s no painting or drawing tools in here…We also have no text tool. A lot of designers ask for that. But what we saw was that when you’re able to communicate with typing in text, then people stop thinking in a visual mode and they start thinking in a captioning mode. Like, they get a picture and they come up with something funny to enhance that picture. We want to ignite the circuits in your brain that center-around visual creativity and visual communication, so we left out text tools.This App is only to evoke the visual aspect of looking at an artwork. It would, I believe, broaden the spectrum of artistic in originally non-artistic people. People would find that deep down they too could create art.
There is a thin line between what is art and what is not. We have always heard the famous phrase, “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” And to an extent I believe this is true. What we create and share with others is our own work of art, maybe with the help of technology, but it is still our own creation. On the other hand, if Smartphone applications make you an artist with their many Apps, then everyone can become an artist without understanding the making and creation of art. The Mattress Factory Art Museum has teamed up with Deeplocal to create a tongue-in-cheek iPhone App where you can submit a photo and in good humor they share whether or not your image is art called, "Is This Art?" The boundaries of art are being prodded everywhere.