Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cell Phone Hyper-Linked Narratives

Photo Guggenheim Museum
Remember Nam June Paik the Korean father of video art? At the time you never really knew where he was leading but his work was always interesting and provocative. The Guggenheim Museum says

No artist has had a greater influence in imagining and realizing the artistic potential of video and television than Korean-born Nam June Paik. Through a vast array of installations, videotapes, global television productions, films, and performances, Paik has reshaped our perceptions of the temporal image in contemporary art.

Take a look at this elegant and artful Microrama site, which uses cell phones to create abstract "mobile hyper-linked video stories," in the spirit of Paik's Fluxus collaborations, with a " commual" experience.

Once you hit the home page, click on the link for mobile-video-hyper-story. You'll see an array of nine screens before you. Each of the screens represents a different hyper-linked cell phone narrative. Then click on the letter next to the screen that catches your eye.

I chose narrative F during which we see the author's eye ball while watching red paint being rolled and hear him sing off key " I woke up this morning."

The stories on this site are pretty straight forward. But the whole project is interesting to view...

Clicking on the link from the home page for mobile photos then leads you to photo galleries created by each of the users. Nicola's Trainvistas features you guessed it...vistas from trains. Carolina's Electric Lights offers us a series snaps that use artificial light and and fixtures as subject matter.

Who are these folks? They feel kind of Dutch. I'm contacting them for a Netizen inquiry. Stay tuned for a future post.

Microrama says
MICRORAMA a space for interactive mobile communication.
As mobile-phones are made for communication, this site tries to get
people together with videos.

The stories start with 9 small videos. From there you can continue
(click on a big-letter) with the possibility of 3 different junctions.

You choose a story, you make a video with your mobile-phone and
you upload it. Each video should end in an open way to be answerable.

You can also only look at videos and see them all (if you click on
a video it stops and by doble-click it coninues).

Microrama is an experiment, a site where you can take part
and tell a small piece of a story.

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