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November 15, 2002

Project Moby Click Kiasma Museum, Helsinki. Art works with the Nokia Camera Phone

Contemporary Art Exhibition in Finland

Project Moby Click

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, November 13 - December 15, 2002

Students of ¨Photography and Product Design from Helsinki’s University of Art and Design presents Project Moby Click, a unique installation at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. In the exhibition, the young artists demonstrate multimedia art, creating live exchanges around image, place and time.

Two months ago, the nine students were each given a Nokia 7650 camera phone before setting out to explore the boundaries between art and real-time imaging with multimedia messaging (MMS).

“We use the camera phone for recording visual notes and impulses as we would a sketch book,” said student Tapio Laukkanen. ”It is more immediate than a camera or a tape recorder and needs no preparation.”

In addition to funding and implementation, project partners Kiasma, Satama Interactive and Nokia assisted the students in coming up with the concept behind the exhibition. Finnish mobile operator Sonera then lent its support by offering MMS transmission free of charge for the duration of the event.

Exhibition highlights

A Trip by Ea VASKO and Liisa VALONEN (prints) depicts an imaginary trip, in which the passage of time can be seen by movement and changes in the shooting location. The large prints consist of mosaics of dozens of MMS images.

Sight/Näky by Kitta PERTTULA, Antti OKSANEN and Eero KOKKO is an installation taking the image off its frame. The work studies the transmission of images in cyberspace. The images “come off the wall” to become active elements.

Momentary Impressions: Snapshots for the Curious by Antti HAHL and Tapio LAUKKANEN (on-screen flash presentations) uses the camera phone to photograph this image series. Visitors can select the series to be displayed on a computer screen.


Visual Discussion (big board) allows visitors to follow a happening in real time with the students on Fridays and Saturdays. A joint venture by Tatu Marttila, Mikko Saario and the group explores how MMS is bound up with time and place. The project also introduces a new way of discussing pre-selected topics, e.g. Art Talk, via MMS, using image, text and sound.  The discussions are projected onto a wall in the exhibition space, forming route maps that reveal the course of the discussion. Inside the Museum, members of the public are also invited to actively participate.

 

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Nokia Camera Headset HS-1C

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November 6, 2002

Nokia Camera Headset HS-1C

 

Nokia announces the Nokia Camera Headset HS-1C, a combined easy-to-wear digital camera and headset enhancement for compatible Nokia phone models with the Nokia Pop-Port  interface connector.* The Camera Headset enables users to take digital images and send them as multimedia messages (MMS) with text, image, and/or audio content. ** The Camera Headset will start shipping globally in December 2002.

“We are very excited to introduce a combined digital camera and headset. With two functions in one product, users have less to carry and yet can take advantage of the richness and fun of MMS,” said Waldemar Sakalus, Director, Terminal Enhancements in Mobile Enhancements Business Unit, Nokia Mobile Phones. “Images are a powerful way to communicate and the Camera Headset brings this ability to a wider number of Nokia phones.”

The small and lightweight Camera Headset combines a digital VGA camera and the basic handsfree functionality of a headset with an answer/end button. Users can conveniently view through an optical viewfinder of the camera and snap an image. The image will be automatically transferred to the phone. The LED indicates the operating mode of the camera. Before taking a picture user can select between higher quality and lower quality image from the image quality switch. Afterwards the image can be viewed on the phone display and users can store, send or delete images from the Gallery menu on the phone.

Power for the Camera Headset comes from the phone via the Pop-Port connector. The Pop-Port interface has been designed for the mobile environment and it supports advanced functionalities such as power output support for terminal enhancements and fast data connectivity.

* These models currently support both Pop-Port interface and MMS: Nokia 7210, Nokia 6610, Nokia 5100, Nokia 6100 and Nokia 6800 phones.
** The MMS related services are dependent on the network as well as on the compatibility of the devices used and the content formats supported.