Yesterday morning I went to get my New York Times as I do every Sunday. As I unwrapped the rolled up paper (yes I’m talking about the physical paper edition) I wondered what image would appear on the front page of the first day of 2012. This the leading newspaper in the US surely would bring in the new year with a powerful image of what is to come. Which is why I went through a rollercoaster of thoughts when I revealed this image as the front page.
The twelfth in a series of 10-minute videos about the adventures and frustrations of an ordinary (but rather hirsute) General Practitioner. Dr Hairy attempts to work out how to deal with a case of possible domestic violence - with hilarious results!
Art as a tool for activists to raise awareness and rally people to their cause is now widely spread over the Internet. Art applied to the digital era is by essence democratized. Away from museums and expensive exhibitions, it also uses technology available to the masses. Combined with awareness, observation and a critical mind web art leads directly to global dialogue traditionally channelled, triggered and controlled by mass media and journalism within the limits of a specific audience. It has also become a political tool.
Since the invention of the first mobile phone that looks back in the 80’s, or maybe earlier (?), we are confronted by a huge technological evolution that makes cell phones integral part of our everyday life. Who could imagine, a couple of years ago, that those “weird” portable phones would change not only our way of life but would also become part of experimental use within the Art field. Words like 3G, Bluetooth, sim cards and software applications are in use of our every day vocabulary. Phones became “smart” and humans smarter!
Mobile phone technology has drastically evolved in the past years. It is no longer possible to refer to a mobile phone as a simple communicative device, with the soul purpose of establishing dialogue through calls and texts. In a sense, the mobile phone has become a tool, with all the conceptual and practical implications that the term involves.
To understand this video, it is necessary to be aware of what happened two years ago. Iran is well known for filtering the Internet but the government has moved to do the same for mobile phones. Nokia Siemens Network has confirmed it supplied Iran with the technology needed to monitor, control and read local telephone calls.
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