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Can Checking Twitter on Your Phone Be Art?

Well, multimedia artist Evan Roth certainly thinks so. Kottke clued us in to his newest project, a series of ‘multi-touch finger paintings’ that he calls Open Twitter, Check Twitter, Close Twitter. To create them, he places tracing paper of the screen of his iPhone and then, well, checks Twitter with an inked finger. The series has one painting for each day in September, which seems to us to be a very reserved number of times to check Twitter. If the little blue bird’s not your thing, however, Roth has other finger paintings in the same vein, such as Slide to Un-lock, Sent from a device with tiny keys, and Launch Mail. Read Mail. Close Mail. all of which are pretty much self-explanatory. The kicker is, these tiny paintings are all actually kind of beautiful, the thumbprints humanizing the black and white globs that look for all the world like tiny Rorschach tests of the digital age. Click through to see some of Roth’s iPhone finger painting, and then head over to his website for even more.


Open Twitter, Check Twitter, Close Twitter


Slide to Un-lock


Sent from a device with tiny keys


Launch Mail. Read Mail. Close Mail.


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