in your pocket: art for mobile devices

San Francsico Art Institute Fall 2006

Mobile phones, iPods, and PDAs have become constant accessories to our daily lives, augmenting our experiences of the city, each other, and our everyday activities. This class examines ways in which artists can create work for these electronic devices. Co-opting popular practices such as “podcasting,” students in the class will create artwork to be distributed via the internet and deployed on student’s mobile phones, iPods, or PDAs. As each wave of mobile computing brings us an ever shrinking and more powerful array of digital and wireless tools, students will be encouraged to respond to the established social rituals of this mobile gadgetry. We will examine the work of artists working with handheld devices, as well as read and discuss the evolving theoretical dialog about the social life of mobile media.