Chicago iArt exhibition: one day after

Benjamin Rabe

iPhone Therefore I Art - Chicago Art Department
(all Photos by Sandy Schmidt)

Over 700 people came through the gallery, with over a dozen pieces sold: a big hand to Mike Nourse and his Team at the ChicagoArtDepartment!
iPhone Therefore I Art - Chicago Art Department
(paintings of the international artgroup TheFingerpainters at the ChicagoArtDepartment, made possible through Susan Murtaughs efforts)

Check out this video done in iTimelapse by Kirk Bravender


iPhone Therefore iArt show opening from Kirk Bravender on Vimeo.

What strikes me most is not only the art shown being made using iPhones, but, as Mike stated, he kinda curated the whole show on his iPhone as well. And what really blew me off was the live coverage by Mia Robinson. I stayed up till 2am and chatted with Matthew Watkins in Italy, Luis Peso in Spain and David Leibowitz in usa, while watching Mia streaming videos using the qik app on her iPhone. Simply amazing.
Mia Robinson Streamed video footage through her iPhone
Here’s one of her videos again:

I see a pattern evolve here how art exhibits might embrace online-services, and vice versa. What do you think?


10 Responses to “Chicago iArt exhibition: one day after”

  • Luis Peso Says:

    Great article Benj! I think this event is even more important for the Art path than we thought.

    With all that potential showed (paintings, music, photo, video, animation) all coming from a “simple” iPhone AND the fact that some of us could be there through a streamed video (provided by an iPhone too!!), I would say that we’ve just lived a very important moment of contemporany Art and how this Art is going to be saw.
    Congratulations everybody!!!

  • lumilyon Says:

    Great account of an important event Ben!

  • Kevin Barba Says:

    looked like a great show, i’m sorry i had to be out of town and missed it, but i’m sure there will be many more. đŸ˜‰

  • suzi54241 Says:

    Another thing that strikes me is how many more people can be involved in making art. Those who never attempted because material cost and getting space to create was prohibitive. Now anyone with the slightest desire or curiosity can try. They have their phone or iPod, all it takes is a few inexpensive apps to get stared. About the cost of a latte. And making art, like meditation is definitely good for the soul.

  • suzi54241 Says:

    Whoops forgot, Great post Benjamin and again Kudos to all involved. It was fabulous to be there.

  • simki68 Says:

    I wish I could have been there! Great Show! Great article!

  • Thierry Says:

    Great to see all this material on the exhibit. Wish I could have been there too to meet you all who attended and see all these nice artworks live.
    Thanks to Mike for this initiative and Susan for printing one of my pics đŸ™‚ Feels good to have been present in spirit!

  • Thierry Says:

    and thanks to Mia for the great videos!!! Cheers

  • Valerie Beeby Says:

    I’m amazed at how fast and impressively iphone/ipod finger painting has taken off! Congratulations to everyone who made this exhibition happen.

  • Mia Robinson Says:

    All around congrats to everyone for this amazing exhibit! I adore Sandy’s pics (and camera!!!! ahhh!!! lol–i saw her walking around with it! lol) and I’m so glad you all enjoyed the live streaming. it felt awesome to have you all there (it really did feel like you all were there…as I was recording, I could see the chat scrolling up the screen!)

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