ROBERT SMITHSON
ANDY WARHOL
TRACY EMIN
I feel we are going in circles
I have a hangover
Yeah, I got laid last night

 

RENVALL BROTHERS
SOL LE WITT
ON KAWARA
I feel like dancing tonight
Try to see it from another angle
Remember the day we met

 

GORDON MATTA CLARK
JEFF KOONS
JOSEPH KOSUTH
It's over, honey
You gotta show me some balls
Let's get pissed

 

FRANK STELLA
LOUISE BOURGEOIS
WALTHER DE MARIA
Don't be so square
You are a fucking creep
Last night was thunder and lightning

 

BRUCE NAUMANN
JOSEPH BEUYS
MARCEL DUCHAMP
Good point
I need your help
Piss off

 

SARAH LUCAS
PAUL MCCARTHY
RICHARD LONG
Are you in for vegetarian
You are lying
Stone head

 

Modern art says it all. by jacob Lillemoses


Modern art and mobile telephones. It sure seems like an odd couple, those monumental works of genius masters and these pocket size instruments that connects people through ephemerical communication networks. But nevertheless Duchamp would probably welcome the dumb congeniality in seeing his mass produced urinal transformed into pixels, distributed in endless numbers and signed by whoever, whenever. For Smithson the little screen would be another interesting non-place for the Spiral Jetty and his institutional critic. Little doubt that Warhol would find it “exciting” to have his name associated with the handy, hip and commercial gadget. And although he mostly dealt in filt and fat Beuys would appreciate this updated digital version of his idea of “social plastic” and his dictum that “everybody is an artist.”
By transforming these 18 works into simple pixels based icons and attaching a line of text related to love, sex, relationships, partying or jokes Modern Picture Messages intends to re-interpret and re-vitalize the works in the context of 21st century youth culture. It uses the mobile telephone as an exhibition space that adds a new communicative dimension to the works in which they connect people by carrying information between them. As opposed to their exclusive presentation in the space still known as the white cube the mobile telephone displays the works as messages for everyday use and a wide non-institutionalized audience. They gain street credibility, expressive force, emotional substance and are integrated into fast line life of the first true generation of the network community. Who ever said modern art would not?

 

This project was made for ROTHO, a project by Marcus Renvall / Supported by NIFCA.

So far these picturesmessages is not available for real download for mobilephones, use them for inspiration on do-your-picture-yourself-pages.

All pictures are made for standard b/w Nokiaphones. 90x60 pixel bitmap.

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