[artinfo] doc_u project: participate

Jess Loseby jess at rssgallery.com
Mon May 16 17:23:30 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 
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 
holding workshops with schools and community groups local to the gallery 
using 5
mobile camera phones. The participants were asked to randomly document 
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 
'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 
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 
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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