You can do just about anything on your phone these days. Play games, pay bills, jam to music, watch sports and movies and kittens farting, get news, test knowledge, keep track of to do, to don’t, to decree and keep in contact via Facebook, twitter, Skype, yelp, text, and lets not forget old fashioned voice on voice action (that’s how you know I really like you, when I chance you’ll answer my call and receive my dulcet tones into your ear canal); it seems there’s 1,002 “apps” that creatively enable us to connect with, presumably, another human being (I’m not convinced some of my Words With Friends pals aren’t actually sad robots who humiliate me in scrabble in attempt to steal a pittance of an emotional human experience. I read a lot of Asimov).

These days with codes, videos, apps etc even your artistic experience is one that can be titillated via smartphone. So what does this redefinition of access mean for the arts?

Emerging Arts Leader Extraordinaire, Ashely Paulisick, 2011 graduate of Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London wrote an article on the 18th A Visitor’s Experience: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Smartphone Apps in Art Museums. She goes through the good, the bad, the ugly and the “around the corner” of smart phone apps in Art Museums. She talks about the benefits of access, connection, and the bad of “data gluttons”and audience alienation of those who don’t have smartphones.

What she doesn’t talk about is the integrity of the artistic experience. I believe, as an arts traditionalist, that there is something to be said for experiencing the arts though our natural given gifts: touch, smell, sight, sound, taste. I worry that increasingly as we burst forth into the working world, newly formed arts managers with ideas about accessibly and expression, we leave behind our art in the pursuit of audience.

But what is art without an audience?

We’re told increasing that we must bring the arts to the people and as our tech savvy planet spins ever closer up the sun it’s becoming obvious that whether we like it or not, smart phones are the future.

How do you think mobile access fits into the future of the arts? Read the article here and tells about mobile apps and the technological future of your arts organization.

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