International Twitter Art Exhibit in Moss, Norway
I'm pleased to be part of the Invitational Twitter International Art Exhibit in Moss, Norway! The opening reception will be 7pm December 1st, and the exhibit will be on display through January, 2011. If you happen to be passing through Moss, Norway, be sure to stop in and check it out! Below is a blog excerpt about the event from reknowned artist David Sandum, who is the curator of the exhibit...
Twitter art exhibit in Moss Norway for charity.
It is my great joy to introduce a new and exiting project: A real life Twitter art exhibit. A while back I talked to @Artythings @dpringle @EthanCrankeArt about how fun it would be to exhibit something together. We first concluded it would be tough to transport and organize, but the seed was planted and we kept discussing. @EthanCrankeArt suggested 140 artists (representing 140 characters), and we concluded it had to shown at a public place, as Twitter is open to anyone with an account. It all seemed so right, so current!
For a while the project seemed impossible. How would one coordinate such a thing? But then a few weeks ago, I read an article in the local paper, saying how the public library had gotten it's funding cut and wouldn't be able to order the children's books they needed. It then struck me this was the perfect venue for a twitter art project. And soon the idea of a wall of art work at the library, where it's proceeds would go to charity/children's books, was stuck in my brain. But how would I gather all the work? The answer felt as swift as Twitter itself: Have each artist send a postcard (symbolic of a tweet), with hand-painted original artwork. The postcards would then be posted on the wall and sold for 200 kr each ($32.00), and all the money would go to children's books. This amount would make it possible for nearly everyone to support the public library, and if we collected enough artwork, enough money would be raised. The next day I called the library director and asked for a meeting, where I presented the idea later that day. "This is simply wonderful," she said, "Lots of people here use the computers for twitter and I'm sure we'll get a lot of media attention...But I need to check the politics first and get permission from the local government."
And now a few weeks later, we have gotten the go ahead, and I'm exited to announce this event will take place. So this is your chance (wherever in the world you are) to contribute to this cause, and also promote your work to a new audience. Moss is known for its galleries and people here love art! So please join me in at this wonderful event - A real life Twitter art exhibit!
To keep up with the latest updates on this exciting exhibit, visit David's blog.