Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Art on An App

by Paddy Johnson on May 11, 2011 · 1 comment The L Magazine


This week at The L Magazine I discuss about four great iphone apps made by artists Paul Slocum, Rafaël Rozendaal, Aaron Meyers and Joe McKay. The teaser below:

Magic Carpet (¢99)
Anyone else spend hours watching the iTunes visualizer when it was first released? Those who did will love Paul Slocum’s Magic Carpet. Imagine an interactive kaleidoscope inspired by spinning quilts and integrated with music. That’s your app. Channels allow users to use it as a musical instrument (just tap the screen to make sounds), a complex, patterned visualizer for their music, or a mutable moving design set to custom tunes.

The app is designed so it can be easily hooked up to projectors without any loss of image quality. This suggests art party to me more than it does art app, but the power of this work is in the details. Slocum uses church bells and manipulated Christian music to create a spiritual experience, and has created patterns that often change in unexpected ways. It sounds almost too simple to be a moving experience, but that’s the beauty of it. It works on a visceral level.

To read the full piece click here.

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Ian Pawelec May 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Artist using the app as a medium is really interesting. I would like to see more of this.

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