A new public art ‘mobile blogging' website - called the Big Art Mob - is now live. The site at www.channel4.com/bigartmob is designed to build a web-based resource and community ahead of next year's Big Art Project television series on Channel 4 and with a life well beyond the broadcast.
[‘Mobile blogging' involves sending photos, text and other media direct from your mobile phone to appear within seconds on a widely accessible website.]
The Big Art Mob
invites people to help make the UK's
first comprehensive map of public art by sending photos (and text, video or audio,
if they so desire) to do with public art straight from their mobile phones. Using
a combination of Google Maps, a geo-coding facility and ‘tags' (i.e. labels/keywords - created by
the senders and viewers alike), these photos and moblog ‘posts' will
collectively form an interactive map to celebrate and preserve the country's
wealth of public art.
But what is ‘public art'? It's up to the users to interpret and decide, which is half the fun of it. How far does it extend beyond the sculptures and statues that first come to mind? does graffiti count? does it have to be inanimate? The Big Art Mob is intended to encourage enjoyable discussion about the nature and definition of public art - from figurative sculpture through to architectural and digital to street art.
[Ed note: - This is from Holler. There's a Turbine Hall load of photos here, tho browsing is a bit basic at the moment, but worth a look - be good to know what the copyright status on the images is too because if it was Creative Commons this would be a GREAT resource)