The following is a list of things that are not going to go away, no matter how hard you clap:
- Hippies. Dreadlocks, tie die, sandals; how is it that this, among all the cultural fashions that ebb and flow, this is the timeless aesthetic that people can continue to which old and young alike can commit?
- That cricket that keeps you up at night. It will outlive anything global warming can throw at it.
- The internet.
Digital technology has opened up so many fascinating landscapes for artists to play with. The one big hangup was always the wires. You had to be plugged in to enjoy the art. But, the web is just now going wireless; no longer so web-like. As the wires that once held artists to the wall, and kept our lazy butts in our seats, are cut, what frontiers are open to the geniuses of this next great medium of art history? And, more importantly for our purposes, how can artists motivate people to get up, get out, and get talking?
Here’s a few of the artists and organizations that we at the Poorly Kept Secret Society think are poised to exploit the wireless future. Some of them have not quite yet ventured outside their parents basements and delivered us our wireless future, but these are some of the minds who will do exactly that.
Dina Kelberman, who curates marvels from the milieu of the www. Her presentation still very much works in the realm of screens, mice, and cables. But her mindset is miraculous, bridging the most intriguing corners of the internet.
Mary Miss. Her little ditty for the Indianapolis Museum of Art seamlessly weaves a smartphone app with a walk down the river. An elegant cross between public and virtual spaces.
Mark Amerika. His Museum of Glitch Aesthetics project asks you to rethink the visual implications of contemporary technological fails. He frames up the digital version of reverb, and it turns out so pretty! What he could do to your iPhone…
Denver Digirati. Plus Gallery serves up video and animation for the town square.
Ben Rubin. Working in reverse, his public artworks are re-imagined human interface on an urban scale. King of the new breed of data mining artists; look out for this guy.
Halsey Burgund. Fucking up your mobile device, directly.