This blog follows Locally Toned, artist T. Foley’s original ringtone creation/public art project.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Locally Toned is a not-for-profit venture that involves individuals or small groups in the creation of original ringtones, and then provides the free tones to the public via a website and MMS (multimedia messaging service) distribution. This art project utilizes the airspace as public property for purposes of sonic transmission. The work “performs itself” when Locally Toned participants receive calls on their cell phones. The goals of the project are technological empowerment, community service and the substitution of a system of shared creativity for one of commerce (the distribution of music industry ringtones). The artist’s project was realized and supported within deeplocal‘s Old and New Media Residency program (with additional support from co-host and bookmaking collective Encyclopedia Destructica).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Teresa Foley is an artist and media literacy consultant who shares strategies and techniques for using digital media consumer tools as a means for creative expression and community reflection. Presently captivated by “user generated content” within web publishing and new media production circles, Foley’s latest work underscores and promotes the expression of personalized creativity through accessible communication technologies such as cell phones and online participatory communities.
She received her BA in English Literature from Duquesne University, and studied filmmaking, video production, and Balinese painting and woodcarving techniques as an independent student. Her motion pictures have screened internationally, and she has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Her work developing the public art/ringtone project was initially supported within the structure of a new corporate residency program with deeplocal (a Pittsburgh-based mobile software design, development, and strategy studio) and the arts/bookmaking collective Encyclopedia Destructica.
Visit her website: www.tfoley.info.
Read about her collaborative work with artist Ines Salpico of Lisbon, Portugal here.