MobileArtCon at NYU ITP Tisch School of the Arts, October 23-24, 2010

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[] Teaneck, New Jersey - More than 200 international artists, techies, art app developers and "curious minds" will be toting their cellphones and small wireless tablets to New York for the first annual MobileArtCon, a historic gathering devoted to the exploration of mobile digital technology and its impact on contemporary art. The meeting will be held at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), October 22-25, 2010 and is coordinated by the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (iAMDA), an organization founded by a rapidly growing network of artists who draw, paint, photograph and create music on mobile handheld devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Androids.

The mobile digital medium, which has also been adopted by high profile artists like David Hockney and John Baldessari, took flight largely due to the popularity of Brushes a painting app for the iPhone. The app transforms the phone into a digital art tablet, allowing users to draw and paint images on the screen using the tips of their fingers. The attention received by the publication of iPhone "fingerpainted" plein air covers for The New Yorker magazine and music produced on popular audio applications such as Smule's T-Pain and Glee applications, has inspired creative professionals and hobbyists of all types to explore and incorporate the medium into their own artistic repertoires.

Since 2008, an emerging group of artists has been displaying and promoting touch screen art on social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. The openness of the social networking platform allows artists to immediately share work and connect with other illustrators, fine artists, photographers, and musicians around the world. Even large art software developers have been perusing the various online channels to gain feedback and direction on how they might further enhance their products.

Many artists are already receiving global recognition for visual and audio works produced on their tiny touch-screens and flip phones, and, through coordinated group shows and individual exhibitions are stirring up dialogue among art and tech buffs worldwide. The conference is an organized "next step" to expose the main stream public to the mobile digital medium and to invite them into a discussion about the future of the art form and how it will impact the way art is produced, displayed and perceived.

The gathering will adopt the openness of its online communities. Loosely built on the "BarCamp" model, organizers encourage both tech and art enthusiasts to attend and even host their own presentations about their experiences with the medium.

"It is remarkable that having never met outside of social media we have formed a solid community," says artist and iAMDA co-founder, Kara Jansson Kovacev, "Some of us have been making art for years, while others are using touch screen devices to make art for the first time. The openness of the medium levels the playing field to where we are not the products of our resumes, but people seeking community based on common artistic and technological interests."

The free event features artist presentations, app demonstrations, and forums hosted by the world's most prolific artists and app developers. Topics range from publishing and printing options to theoretical discussions behind the evolution of digital art and its community. There will be hands on and interactive workshops including a Master Class demo by noted New York figurative painter David Kassan, whose Gizmodo-featured iPad demo became a 1 million-viewer internet sensation.

The conference also features multiple outside activities including a private artists' reception on October 22nd, plein-air painting sessions throughout the city, and a large scale group exhibition, "Illuminated Touch", displaying artworks generated by the attending artists on October 24th. The exhibition is open to the public and will be held 7pm-10pm at Openhouse Gallery in Manhattan.

MobileArtCon 2010 is hosted and co-sponsored by NYU ITP, with additional sponsorship by Autodesk, Brushes, ArtStudio, KiwiPixel, iCreated, ArtRage, Meritum Soft, Ten One Design, Tekserve, Hello World, Butternuts and iPTT (providers of language translation support). All supporting developers will be in attendance to share their own ideas about the evolving medium with conference attendees. For more information about MobileArtCon 2010 or to register for events, please visit them online.

The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (iAMDA) promotes and supports artists who utilize mobile digital media to create art ranging from paintings, photography, mixed media and music. Media includes cellphones, mobile tablets (ie. iPods/IPads), mobile graphic tablets or any other mobile wireless device(s). The organization is committed to supporting these artists through the development of educational resources, programs, workshops, conferences, and promotional events (ie, group exhibitions). iAMDA is in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status. Founding members/interim board members are John Bavaro, Kara Jansson Kovacev, David Scott Leibowitz, Craig Newsom, Benjamin Rabe and Mia Robinson.