CU

LARISSA HJORTH

For the project CU, SMS messages were collected from users worldwide along with a description about how the user felt about their message. Hjorth made an image to correspond with these emotional states and feelings. The SMSs and images are presented together—fleeting moments of sadness, love and friendship.

Art Exhibition previously on at Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 05 June 2009 to Sunday 02 August 2009
Launch Thursday 04 June 2009, 6-8pm

CU (video still) image

Published by CCP on Monday 25 May 2009.
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NIGHT PROJECTION WINDOW 7 NIGHTS A WEEK AFTER DARK

In an age of Web 2.0, affective technologies and social media, some older technologies are continuing to persist as meaningful parts of everyday life. In particular, SMS (Short Messaging Service) continues to be deployed in both developed and developing contexts—playing a significant role in maintaining intimate co-presence. While much of the attention SMS has gained is via media conflations of ‘youth’ and ‘new’ media as subversive, another (unspoken) history of SMS is the role it has played in the deaf community.

Amongst the multiple histories, SMS etiquette has always involved the ephemeral, compressed and abbreviated. New applications such as Twitter can be read as an extension of the emerging temporal grammars of SMS, just as SMS can be mapped onto traditions around intimate co-presence such as the postcard and letter writing. CU attempts to snapshot some of the transitory emotional vernaculars surrounding SMS.

The Night Projection Window is supported by the Vizard Foundation.

FREE ARTIST FLOOR TALKS

SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2009, 12PM
Join artists Bianca hester, louis porter, arlo mountford,
simon zoric, catherine connolly and larissa hjorth.