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.
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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