David Byrne's fake iPhone apps


David Byrne made a bunch of fake screenshots for iPhone apps that don't exist. They'll be in an exhibit called "Social Media," at The Pace Gallery (510 West 25th Street) from September 16 - October 15.

Show description: "The exhibition focuses on contemporary artists exploring public platforms for communication and social networks through an aesthetic and conceptual lens. In an era of increasingly omnipresent new technologies, Social Media examines the impact of these systems as they transform human expression, interaction, and perception."

In addition to David Byrne's work, Social Media will feature work by Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, Jonathan Harris, Robert Heinecken, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, Sep Kamvar and Penelope Umbrico.

Social Media at Pace Gallery

See more of David Byrne's fake apps after the jump.




  1. I love David Byrne.
    With that out of the way, it’s interesting that these get to appear in a physical gallery with some text generated by one of those funny online generators. Whereas every day, on this site or elsewhere, people create fake apps, redesign posters for films, mash up album covers and so on, and they just publish them online for all to see.

    1. I think that was posted here on BB too. It is ironic, but in the article DB talks about video and other technologies affecting art. He just didn’t consider that computers (in their current form as of 1987) would be capable of video, music, and all stuff we use them for now.

  2. I don’t get it.

    I mean, there are tons of apps more clever than these, and they actually exist.

    Is it a nostalgia thing? “Remember back when the idea of apps that ran on your phone was novel?” kind of thing? Or is David Byrne about four years behind the curve?

    ETA: Based on keith’s link, it’s the latter.

  3. The criticism in this thread seems to be on rather shaky footing, don’t you think? These works aren’t about being on the cutting edge; they’re about reflecting the current culture back at itself, as any relevant art does. For instance, “Weaselface” is not only an accurate cultural commentary, it uses a rather nuanced mockery to call out those idiots for whom sarcasm is the apogee of wit.

    I vote that Weaselface be printed onto a cricket bat and used to beat the sarcastic larval humans until they are unable to wriggle enough to type.

    1.  Yeah! And did you know that the “songs” he writes are actually the sort of thing that’ve been written for thousands of years? Late to the party indeed!

  4. …”at The Pace Gallery (510 West 25th Street)”… am i the only person in the freaking world that doesn’t know what city this place is in?

  5. Thanks for the shout out @boingboing-1a072681a39afac19561a44b1f0f6d05:disqus. I’m an editor of http://nearlybanned.com/ and YES we’ve been reviewing previously unheard of and unfairly banned iPhone apps since 1971. A full three years before George Soros and Howie Mandel formed Talking Heads and changed the world.

    1. If you want to compete with post-TH David Byrne, you’ll have to take yourself Very Seriously Indeed and change your title to “curator”. Also, be much less funny. 

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