GridSeries: Communities is an interactive art piece by Kate Snow and Eagan Rackley.
This app allows users to connect via their phones to a central piece placed in the Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and digitally interact with the artwork.
While global reach has innumerable benefits, one of the unintended consequences is the increased feeling of isolation: when we live everywhere, our home is nowhere. For this reason our immediate communities are more important than ever. However we define them, communities group us, ground us, and provide us with a sense of security and identity. This show, Grid Series: Communities, seeks to explore and celebrate not only the physical communities we inhabit, but also the seemingly disparate communities of fine art and digital media by providing a platform for engagement and interaction. Through the incorporation of digital media, Grid Series: Communities also calls in to question the role of space and physical proximity with regard to community, how we view ourselves within that context, and whether shared experience facilitates that connection in a meaningful way.
Directions: Once you open the application you'll be presented with a "Connecting" screen. Once connected, there will be a palette of colors on the left, a camera icon on the right, and the piece displayed in the gallery in the center. You can either watch as other users modify the gallery piece, or select one of the colors to edit it yourself. Clicking the camera icon will take a screen shot, and upload it to http://katesnow.work/grid-series-communities/.