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Swap Shots, Mobile Film Exchange, 2008

Swapshots was a mobile film exchange I created for the 7th International Festival of Experimental Art at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, St Petersburg, Russia, 18 to 27 July 2008.

I invited people to make films on their mobile phones of 6 seconds length. They sent them to my mobile phone and I then shared them with everyone else taking part in the project as well as publicly in the exhibition at Manezh and in the Swapshots Weblog.

Over thirty people created new films on their mobile phones which were then exchanged, again by mobile phone, with each other.Some people made just one film, while others made upwards of a dozen. Approximately one-third of the participants were based in Shetland. Other locations included Australia, China, England, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland and the United States.

I  made a compilation film from the project which was exhibited in two locations in November and December - the Bonhoga Gallery Stairwell Projection Space in Shetland and ET4U Contemporary Art in Westjutland,  Denmark. The project generated approximately 140 films, most of which are six-seconds long. The compilation film is 18 minutes, 36 seconds long.


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