In 2012, the New Museum presented Art in Your Pocket, a panel organized by Rhizome as part of the New Silent series. The computer we carry in our pockets is also an emerging platform for interactive screen-based art: Art in Your Pocket took its name from a series of texts Jonah Brucker-Cohen wrote for Rhizome on art made for smartphones. This panel assembled leading media artists working with mobile devices and discussed current trends relating to this practice.
Moderated by Jason Eppink, Assistant Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image, the panel included artist, programmer, and founder of iPhone app company SOFTOFT TECHECH, Paul Slocum; Mimi Sheller, leading theorist on mobilities research and Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University; LoVid, 2011 Rhizome commissioned artists for their location-specific art app project iParade #2: Unchanged When Exhumed; and Jonathan Vingiano, Co-founder of OKFocus.
The New Silent was a series of programs, presented by the New Museum and organized by its affiliate organization Rhizome, that explored contemporary art engaged with emerging technology and examined the ways digital technologies alter our lives and experiences of urban spaces. The series comprised screenings and performances, as well as a critical conversational strand, which brought together leading scholars, artists, critics, and public figures to illuminate the complex interactions between technology, culture, and creative practice. Named for the generational theories of Neil Howe and William Strauss, the New Silent presented artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.