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  |  24. April 2015

APP ART

Art in App-Format

Currently the recent trend in the arts is the so called app Art. As the successor of net art, this form of art is now focusing on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It thus corresponds not only with the needs of the young generation which is interested in art, but also applies to mobility and quickness which is increasing in our world.

Lately, more and more artists have discovered the app as a new art form. The well-known photographer and video artist Stan Douglas, for example, developed an app with the help of archive footage that allows a journey into the Canadian Vancouver after the war. From visual and acoustic elements, an own story of the city can be constructed which permits an individual and open action. According to Douglas the app "Circa 1948" is not a game, but a narrative. The app art artist thus creates whole new worlds and scenarios where users should immerse.

Nevertheless, one moves within the given worlds similar to a computer game with which the app Art must necessarily be measured. Because the technical quality and the possibilities of an app are not nearly comparable to the advanced products of the computer gaming industry and not even with the much larger freedom, which is offered by the net art.

However, this does not stop a young generation of artists from using apps to create individual art and to operate within their artistic freedom. It is certainly possible for some artists to exploit their potential, which is available because an app provides to go beyond familiar boundaries and create new forms of interaction with users.

Thus, the Dutch artist collective Jodi, which are considered pioneers in the field of net art, have developed a performative app named "ZYX", which is designed to encourage the user to perform certain movements, which in turn are verified by integrated sensors of the smartphone and the correct sequence will be rewarded with beep.

Also lesser known artists have produced works of art in the form of innovative apps. Last year, for example, the application last clock that shows the time as a personal media artwork received a special award. She got awarded with the artistic innovation award by the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, that annually awards an app Art Award since 2011, which recognizes the best works of art in the app format and illustrates how much potential the artistic application of apps have.

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