Tuesday, May 10, 2005

New Website Turns Cell Phones Into Modern Art Museums

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Cell phones are more than just communication devices. Now, they’re potential modern art museums.

That’s because a group of San Francisco-based artists have created a website, startmobile.net, that features downloadable paintings designed to fit on cell phone screens.

The cell phone artworks are made by underground artists with names like “Buff Monster,” “Zoltron,” and “Punkadelik,” and feature everything from bikini-clad babes to a painting of George W. Bush as the devil and a piece depicting the Unabomber with a boom-box on his shoulder.

Each cell phone artwork can be downloaded for $2.49, but curator Vijay Chattha figures it’s possible the artwork could cause the cell phone value to appreciate in value in coming years.

In addition, he figures art geeks who have maximum memory on their phones can download as many as 500 pieces and turn themselves into a walking modern art museum.

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