[NetBehaviour] doc_u project: participate
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 viewers 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
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