Palmone Zire 71 Goes Artsy

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I think it was only a matter of time before we saw something like this. Dane Picard has a new art exhibit featuring the Zire 71. It’s fun to see PDAs being used for something other than their original intention.

It appears that the Zire 71 serves as the canvas to display a morphing montage of self portriats; an interesting delivery method indeed. There’s no mention in the press release regarding the ability to purchase or license the content for personal use. Here’s the release for more information:

palmOne Innovations Inspire Media Arts Vision

Art Exhibition Opens at Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Artistic vision meets technological innovation in renowned artist Dane Picard’s latest exhibit, “Portraits, Ids, and Snapshots,” which opens Saturday at the Richard Heller Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif. Fusing art and technology, the exhibit merges the innovations of the Zire(TM) 71 handheld computer from palmOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO) with Picard’s digital vision.

“I use collections of photographs to explore the nature of singularity, aloneness, and seeing,” says Picard. Comprising short digital animations looped and displayed on Zire 71 handhelds mounted on the gallery walls, the portraits embody the contemporary fast pace of multimedia and computer-generated imagery.

“This pace is a reflection of our current social pulse,” says Picard. “They are at once an obsessive stare and a meditation. I am questioning how we see ourselves through the use of photography as well as the increasing proliferation of digital imagery throughout every moment of our lives.”

Picard sees the morphed photos as a living history. The Zire 71 handheld serves as a human memory in digital form, storing the portraits without the limitations of time and the human tendency to forget and distort memory.

Furthering his vision of old and new fused in digital form, Picard’s piece titled “Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn: 81 Self Portraits” is inspired by his respect for the lasting and historical imprint Rembrandt’s work made in the world and made possible by the large number of self portraits Rembrandt painted. The piece brings traditional art and contemporary art together in a unique form, eliciting interest from people who previously were devoted to either traditional or modern art while still dazzling the casual art collector.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 20, 2003. More information about the gallery is available at



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