Glimpses Of Emotion Revealed Through Sms

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Glimpses of emotion revealed through SMS 


A new exhibition by RMIT University’s Dr Larissa Hjorth combines photography,

video and SMS messages from around the globe to reveal hidden moments of

mobile emotion.


CU, a video work about SMS (and the vernaculars of emotion), will open on 5 June

at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy.


Dr Hjorth, a researcher, artist and lecturer in RMIT’s School of Creative Media, said

while SMS was an older technology, text messages still played a significant role in

keeping people intimately connected.


“Text messaging has always involved the ephemeral, compressed and

abbreviated,” she said.


“You can see the roots of SMS in postcards – another form of condensed

communication – and we’re now seeing the grammatical forms and reductions of

text messaging extending into a new medium, Twitter.


“This exhibition presents a snapshot of the transitory emotions evoked by the SMS

messages we send and receive, those fleeting moments of sadness, love and

friendship that continue to play such a meaningful part in our everyday lives.”


Dr Hjorth has been researching and publishing on mobile communication, new

media, online gaming and virtual communities across the Asia-Pacific since 2000.


In CU, she collected SMS messages from mobile phone users worldwide, along

with their thoughts on how they felt about each SMS, then combined the texts with

images she created in response to the users’ emotional states.


The texts range from the humourous,

BTW. Kitty reminded me about the pack we made, age 70 house full of cats x

to the poignant,

I’m never there when I should be, but I do think of you every day.. xx.


CU is at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George St, Fitzroy, from 5

June to 1 August. For more information: www.ccp.org.au


Media note: High-resolution images of select works in the exhibition are available.


For interviews: Dr Larissa Hjorth, (03) 9925 9754 or 0430 311 063.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

25 May, 2009






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