[NetBehaviour] doc_u project: participate

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon May 16 17:07:02 CEST 2005

*doc-u* is an interactive installation made up of visual 
self-documentation. The project exploits user-friendly technology 
(mobile phone cams and Macromedia Flash) to allow multiple images to be 
shown simultaneously. Rather than concentrating on 'Virtuality' or even 
'Reality' as a digital thematic, the project focuses on the 'beautiful 
seams' of the relational space between. Although facilitated by 
high-tech, software, hardware and the potential of ubiquitous computing, 
the work underlines the beauty of the ordinary, the domestic and the 
lo-tech .The installation draws on popular culture and a viewer's 
familiarity with concepts of self-documentation, video diaries and docu- 
soaps to encourage participation and overcome fear of technology.

Jess Loseby and the Babylon Gallery (http://www.babylongallery.co.uk/) 
have been holding workshops with schools and community groups local to 
the gallery using 5 mobile camera phones. The participants were asked to 
randomly document themselves and their environment in a set time. They 
were encouraged not to delete or alter any images, as part of the 
aesthetic of the installation was to highlight the beautiful 'accidents' 
and to dismiss attempts to make 'art'. The project is now open across 
the Internet to everyone. If you would like to participate please see 
the guidelines below. There is no age limit, focus or geographical 
restriction placed on the submissions. The youngest participant in the 
project is currently 3 years old - the oldest, 70!

*Doc_u is online now at * *_http://www.doc-u.co.uk_* * and will be shown 
at the Babylon Gallery **Saturday 11 June - Sunday 24 July*

Participate [and win a phone!]doc_u is now open to anyone who would like 
to participate in the project.  You can enter a doc_u by yourself or in 
small (3 or under) groups. If you would like to participate you will 
need:1. A mobile phone with a camera (If you live in the UK, near the 
Babylon gallery you can borrow a "library phone" to use in the project. 
Email jess at rssgallery.com for more details.]2. An email account3. If you 
are under 16, you will also need a signed consent form from a parent or 
guardian. These are available at this url: 

Participants will be entered into a Competition to win the 5 mobile 
camera and video phones used in the making of this artwork (winners from 
groups will still win a phone each). To be eligible for the competition 
you must:a) include a contact email or phone number with your 
submissionb) if under 16, you must have returned a signed consent form 
from a parent or guardian (http://www.doc-u.co.uk/permission.htm).

Please see http://www.doc-u.co.uk for guidelines, online or email 
submission and information.

Internet and Babylon Gallery 2005
Jess Loseby

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