Durban art pick: January 20 2012

Phoneography is the term for the art of taking photographs with a cellphone.

Exactly how much of an art cellphone snapshots (or instagrams) are is a matter of debate although, in theory, the images are spontaneous, candid and devoid of elaborate pretence. Like any other populist medium that nearly everyone has access to, the notion of aesthetic elitism is swiftly shown the door. But it will be interesting to see what aspects of the old aesthetic prejudices will remain. Could a blurry, low-res smudge of a sunset really be art? Can utterly random images be equal to the carefully considered? Find out by entering your instagrams for the Phoneography exhibition by artSPACE durban, which opens on February 6. The use of apps and computer modification is encouraged.

artSPACE durban, 3 Millar Road. Tel: 031?312?0793 and 083?300?9804. Email: [email protected] Website: www.artspace-durban.com.

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