Is it possible to make art with a phone? This is the question that I asked myself when nine years ago I bought my first iPhone and I experimented with the first artistic apps. I had seen amazing images on Facebook and Instagram made with an iPhone on the profile of American friends and I wanted to try. Art has always fascinated me and my studies in Contemporary Art have pushed me to experiment. Thus a great passion was born. Mobile Art is a movement of contemporary art that creates art using mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, smartphone. Not a camera, not a computer, not Photoshop. Only applications on the phone.
If you can make art with a can of beans, a cut on the canvas or recycled material, why not do it with apps on a smartphone?
Everything comes from a photo shoot and then, using the apps on the phone, you can create images of all kinds. There is a World Community that shares images, participates in Contest, International Exhibitions, Meetings. It is widespread especially in the United States, then in Europe, very little in Italy. Some very talented artists exhibit their work at galleries and museums all over the world.
Mobile Art is a democratic art, accessible to everyone. In this lies the true revolution. An art that can be realized and then shared on the other side by the world by anyone, avoiding galleries, museums and institutions. An art that can be enjoyed by everyone and created by any “potential artist”. An art within the reach of any ‘visionary’, free, open to creativity and the free circulation of ideas. An art that uses the network and has the speed of the network. “The digital man” is among us and looks to the future with new tools and new ways. And the diffusion of this artistic movement, as well as the quality of the work produced, require critics and intellectuals (together with the common man) to pay a great attention.
Our Era is going through a technological revolution of a scale never seen before. And we are the protagonists.
This lockdown period does not stop being productive from the artistic point of view. Rather. Maybe it is more productive but finds different expressions, different collaborations, different ideas to tell. As far as I’m concerned, the basic idea is always positive. Stopping to look inside yourself, cutting dry branches and finding new/ old road companions has been (and is) the result of the last few weeks.
On MAG MobileArtGroup (the site on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter that I founded three years ago) I launched a contest entitled “MAG Hopefull” because these are days full of hope in life and in a better future.
In these days I have closed the Challenge “All colors of the world” with the 20 finalists who will participate in the exhibition that I hope to set up soon in Cagliari. An exhibition that will speak of UNIT between different peoples, of collaboration, of international art.
Personally, I have worked on some images (personal portraits and other) that are inspired by this moment so dramatic and full of aspirations.
I have collaborated with friends who honor me with their friendship and renewed some collaborations. Andrea Bigiarini, friend, artist and always creative mind, asked me to collaborate together with other friends and artists on his “Impossible Exhibition” project. “In the moment in which the whole world suffers together, we, mobile artists, want to be a positive presence, overcoming borders and restrictions. We want to create an ideal bridge between artists who share the same passion. We want to say our being there, today, everywhere in the world. We want to be silent but active witnesses of this historical moment ”. I contributed with a video and an image.
In addition, I participated in the Anna Crudo project “What I see from the window – Quarantine edition” with some thoughts and an image on “The flying tree” page Fb. Anna’s idea is to make this project an event in Rome soon to tell about this period of quarantine.
I participated in the series of interviews that my colleague, Mimmo di Caterino, multifaceted artist, put together by calling into question several artists to express their opinion on “Contemporary Art at the time of Covid19”.
Currently one of my images is competing in the Farini Gallery’s “Art does not stop” Contest. The images in the competition will be chosen based on the number of likes on Instagram and Facebook and on the judgment of a specialized jury.
Other projects are being launched. Surely art does not stop. Art, an intimate expression of an artist’s life, cannot be stopped but, on the contrary, travels … It makes us breathe, changes us, renews us … Art cannot change the world but it can certainly contribute to improve it.
“Cosa vedo dalla mia finestra – quarantine edition”
Giulia Baita ci racconta da Cagliari… e con le parole ci regala uno dei suoi lavori di Iphonographer 🐚🌼
“Sguardo dalla finestra. Appunti.
Il momento che amo di più, il momento più surreale di queste giornate in casa durante il lockdown, è la notte. Abito davanti al Parco Naturale di Molentargius, l’unico al mondo dove i fenicotteri nidificano da quasi trent’anni. La città di Cagliari si affaccia sul mare e su questo parco immenso. Dalla mia finestra vedo i fenicotteri volare via in stormo la mattina e tornare al tramonto con un gran vociare. La notte, nel bel mezzo del silenzio, “starnazzano” emettendo il loro tipico verso non so per dire cosa.. Dal balcone della mia casa al primo piano ho un panorama straordinario e soprattutto la notte il cielo sopra la mia testa è così immenso da togliere il respiro. In queste sere così surreali tutto tace. Dall’asse mediano solitamente trafficato a tutte le ore, non arriva il rumore di una macchina. Nessuna. Un silenzio assoluto mi circonda e se dovessi fare anche il più piccolo rumore si sentirebbe molto lontano. In questi momenti la natura sembra più viva che mai. Insetti, grilli, qualche cane in lontananza che abbaia e i fenicotteri che lanciano i loro versi in lontananza… Forse chiamano qualcuno. Non hanno paura del Covid19. Per loro la vita é sempre la stessa.. Liberi in mezzo all’acqua, ad asciugarsi il becco tra le piume. “In fondo la felicità è una piccola cosa”, diceva qualcuno.
“All colors of the world” is a Contest that intends to select 20 images of mobile artists and then an Exhibition that will take place in Cagliari (Italy) in a wonderful multipurpose space in the heart of the city, the MEM Mediateca del Mediterraneo.
The exhibition aims to show the best of Mobile Art from all over the world and highlight the international aspect of this artistic movement. Mobile Art was born 11 years ago in the USA with the first iPhone and the first editing apps. Today the technological revolution of the last decade and the mass spread of mobile devices all over the world have made this artistic form truly usable everywhere. Internet and social networks, did the rest. There are no borders, there are no walls, there are no people too far away. Everything is close, usable, easily accessible. I can buy in Los Angeles, sell in Beirut, collaborate with artists in Instanbul. Web does not solve problems of coexistence, cultural differences, economic disparities, but it is an opportunity. An opportunity to get to know each other and to dialogue. Mobile Art was born with this international character which is fundamental to understanding it. But above all it is a community. A community of artists who share images and therefore emotions, different cultures, ideas, problems, dreams. They participate in International Exhibitions, organize workshops, create Mobile Art courses. The Mobile Community is a living reality, full of talents and ideas and resources of all kinds. It is an example of globalization in the world of contemporary art. Cagliari, a city in the middle of the Mediterranean, a place of millennial meeting of different peoples in terms of culture, religion, history, becomes an exhibition site for an Esposition with an international character. And above all the MEM gallery, which is located in a multipurpose center dedicated to the Mediterranean as a place of trade and cultural exchanges between Phoenicians, Egyptians, ancient Romans and Greeks once and today open to international traffic, it seems the perfect place for this Exhibition. “All colors of the world” wants to be an auspicious theme for the future. We open this new decade with an idea: art has no boundaries, art communicates and brings together different peoples, art is a universal language that speaks the same language. All the colors of the world. We love all the colors of the world, even the ones I don’t know, even the ones I’ve never seen. Because all men have a deep desire for peace and brotherhood. All of this may be a utopia, but utopias have changed the world.
I am looking forward to seeing your work. The judges who will observe your images are highly professional and long experienced artists. It is an honor for me to collaborate with Clint Cline, Eliza Badoiu, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Gianluca Ricoveri.
For any information you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have the pleasure to launch the call of a great Mobile Art Exhibition 2020.
“All colors of the world” Exhibition will take place in Cagliari from March 27 to April 10, 2020 in the wonderful MEM Gallery.
The theme is “All colors of the world” and the Exhibition will concern images made with mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and smartphones in general) produced by artists from all over the world. A jury will select 20 images, one for artist.
Each registration includes the submission of 4 images to email@example.com.
Fee 35 euros.
They will be printed on glossy photo paper and framed 30×40 format. Do not send square images.
Images with WATERMARKS, FRAMES, BORDERS and SIGNATURES will not be considered and fee not refunded.
The artists retains all copyright for their images.
Deadline to send images: March 2.