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The Imaginary App- CALL FOR ARTISTS


The Imaginary App – CALL FOR ARTISTS

Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky and Svitlana Matviyenko, editors of The Imaginary App, an anthology of art and scholarship on mobile apps, invite artists and designers to submit entries for a traveling art exhibition and publication of selected works in our anthology.

Our exhibition will feature original icons of nonexistent apps with their concepts.

Apps are placed at the tips of our fingers on mobile screens. They offer themselves as channels that navigate us through uncanny media networks and rhizomes. They are shortcuts that guarantee direct and immediate access to what we need beyond the screen. We live in the hope that ubiquitous computing will help us maintain our public and private lives – relationships, work, and leisure – and apps promise to make computation even more seamless and the media environment even more subliminal. If anything, apps reveal how much we depend on this promise when we imagine our being with each other as being with technology.

The goal of this project is to challenge the limits of technological assistance endorsed by the slogan: “There’s an app for that.” What are the most desirable, terrifying, or ridiculous apps that haven’t been and, possibly, will never be released? Formulate a concept of an app. Translate it in the language of design.


The exhibition in conjunction with Harvard University’s metaLAB will be presented in several venues over the course of 2013 and 2014.

Our venues include:
Artisphere (Arlington, Virginia) Museum|London (London, ON, Canada)


1. app icon (4×4 inches, TIF, 300 dpi)

2. app concept (600 characters max.)

3. bio (100 words max.) + website, twitter (optional)

The works will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

Concept: originality and critical potential Design: clarity and aesthetics of presentation

Send your work to by April 1, 2013.

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