An International Mobile Digital Art Exhibition and Fundraiser for Ocean Ana Rising, Inc.
“Artists not only document social change; they promote, inform, and shape it. Whether through music, plays, graphics, paintings, songs, films, media, architecture, textiles, jewelry, photography, poetry, sculpture, pottery, landscapes, written word, dance – art is powerful … For art is the intellectual underpinning of social change; nowhere is there more potential and more need for art than now,” excerpt from “Promoting Social Justice With San Francisco’s Most Creative Capital” by Maria X. Martinez
“A Healing Touch: Digital Offerings of Peace to Women Survivors” seeks to inspire hope and incite healing by honoring women who have survived oppression, violence and abuse. It is a celebration and testimony to the inherent beauty, strength and possibility of women everywhere from all walks of life and cultural origin.
The show opens Friday, August 20th, 2010, and features visual works by an international network of artists (“fingerpainters”), who paint, photograph and sketch exclusively on mobile handheld devices (iPhones, iPads, Androids and or wireless graphic tablets)–in most cases with only the tips of their fingers.
The show is the collaborative brainchild of Mobile Digital artist, Mia Robinson (“MROB”) and Nina Angela Mercer, Executive Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. and is Robinson’s first attempt to bring the emerging medium to her hometown of Washington DC. Recognizing the power of mobile digital media as a viable creative tool as well as a powerful means of connecting artists of all professional levels and backgrounds, “A Healing Touch” seeks to demonstrate how this fusion of visual art and technology can also be used as a vehicle for empowerment–to not only restore hope in the lives of the many women in the community who have suffered and survived extraordinary circumstances of abuse but to also display how the media allows these women to connect to a support system and community of survivors that extends beyond DC Metro borders.
Through the visual offerings of 25 of the most prolific iphone/ipad/android artists in the world, various interactive device-driven activities, and a “When Left To Your Own Devices” mobile digital art outreach workshop for teenaged girls, “A Healing Touch” invites attendees into the high-tech world of art and social media. We hope to inspire all to explore their own mobile devices as a potential outlet for creative expression, while also bringing attention to the worldwide issue of abuse and violence against women.
Produced by Ocean Ana Rising Inc . Show Runs from August 20th through September 4th, 2010.
Mia Robinson and Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. will be hosting a private reception on opening night, August 20th, 2010, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Reception includes light fare, open bar, artist demo, gift and other activities. Tickets are $25/per person. To register to attend, click here.
Sounds by DJ Saucee, and photography by Elen Awalom
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors–L’Eclat De Verre Versailles Gallery, FlavorInk Catering, Vhen Chefs, Efair, EChicMedia and Sirkies.