TEXT RODARTE: As part of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s experimental mobile project, “Cell Phone Stories,” Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy created five sketches, together titled “LACMA a la Mode,” which were inspired by works in the museum’s permanent collection. The sisters responded to a variety of periods and movements represented in the collection, translating works ranging from pre-Colombian artifacts to midcentury paintings into 21st-century dresses. The sketch shown reworks the Mexican, Mixteca-Puebla style piece “Mosaic Skull,” made from a human skull encrusted with turquoise, jadeite and shell. “Cell Phone Stories” also includes an essay by actor Rainn Wilson, and narrative works from artists Steve Fagin, Adrienne Ferrari, Kianga Ford and Rich Bott as well as writer Barry Yourgrau. The project will be transmitted via cell phone text messages (text LACMA to 67553) linking users to Twitter, Facebook and other Web sites. The project was inspired by the Japanese keitai shosetsu, text-based cell phone narratives known as “thumb novels” that are popular among teenagers.
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