[NetBehaviour] doc_u project: participate

Jess Loseby jess at rssgallery.com
Mon May 16 18:37:59 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: http://www.doc-u.co.uk/permission.htm 

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  

Internet and Babylon Gallery 2005
Jess Loseby

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