ArtPrize, Technology, and THE FUTURE

“Watershed” Artist: Rena Detrixhe

ArtPrize and tech have been in a loving relationship since Artprize first began. This year, the relationship seems to have flourished to its best ever.

We’ve talked about how the ArtPrize App works, its benefits, and integrations into the festival, but what does the future look like?

Tailor-made apps are becoming more and more prevalent, and it’s become possible for people (like you and me!) to make their very own apps all on our own. This article from explains the step-by-step process to putting together an app. The point here is that Apps for festivals, special events, small businesses, and other small-scale endeavors are becoming increasingly popular. In terms of Artprize, I think we’re going to see a lot more “fleshing out” of the app.

“3D Colorwheel Sculpture” Artist: Heather H. Caverly

While the current ArtPrize App is fairly user-friendly, I do have my predictions on where it will go.

A quick caveat: I’m not an expert on app development or design. I am however, a self-described expert on casual use of apps. These speculations come from the mind of a casual observer.

The map is one of the few things that frustrated me as I used the app while downtown. I think the map will do a better job of pointing visitors towards the bigger “must see” venues. Places like Kendall College, the GRAM, Rosa Parks Circle will be highlighted in the map, and places like Blue Cross Blue Shield will be less noted in the map (due to lack of number of submissions).

One other large feature I hope to see added to the map is some form of traffic log; a way to see how many people are at a venue or waiting to get in. This will help people plan out their day at Artprize. Features for the ArtPrize will likely be similar to the Walt Disney World App. Which helps with wait times, dinner planning, tickets, and pretty much anything else you would need to take care of while at Disney.

We should also expect to continue to see the voting process improve. The code voting is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s clunky, it’s a bit labor-intensive (as opposed to just searching by the name of the work), and it can be a bit confusing to understand the actual voting process. I had to explain to my mother that you actually had to download an app to your phone to vote. On the other hand, it helps in making sure that the people voting are actually visiting the venue that’s housing the artwork. Yeah, the artist could just email the vote code to all their friends and coworkers, but the attempt is there and my guess is that it does weed out at least some of the voting riff-raff who are voting for their friend but too lazy to actually come out to see the piece in person.

Lots of things are going to change in the app, that I can say for sure.

“The Thread that Connects” Artist: Paula Kovarink

The final movement I think we’ll see is in social media. Snapchat filters are the biggest one I believe. I think artists, venues, vendors, and graphic designers will all be making Snapchat filters to promote their art/product. As we as a society continue to become even more picture-oriented, I think we will see all sorts of photo integration into the ArtPrize experience (maybe even a social media integrated piece?).

Overall, we can expect tech to become an even bigger part of the ArtPrize communication, promotion, and possibly some of the submissions to the festival.

Happy Artprizing!


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