Interface Artist Johannes P Osterhoff publishes everything he does on his iPhone as a live stream of screenshots on the web. The performance is called „iPhone live“, and was launched on 29 June 2012, the iPhone’s 5th anniversary.As with his last piece „Google“ [http://google.johannes-p-osterhoff.com] , with the current performance comes a manifesto: „I, Johannes P Osterhoff, shall do another one-year performance piece.
The piece is called „iPhone live“ and documents the activities performed on my mobile phone during this year.
Activities can be seen streamed on iPhone-live.net [http://iphone-live.net/] and during public projections.
The performance shall start on June 29, 2012 and shall end on June 29, 2013.
I shall not use other mobile phones during this year.“ To make this live stream possible, Osterhoff had to jailbreak his device. He uses screenshots the iPhone automatically makes when he presses the home button. „For this performance, I additionally installed two shell scripts on my jailbroken iPhone. The first one duplicates each screenshot so that the files cannot be overwritten the next time the app is minimized. And the second one uploads these screens automatically to this site and publishes them.“ These scripts are executed regularly in the background by means of launch demons facilitating the live stream. The term One-year Performance has been coined in the 1970s by Tehching Hsieh, a Taiwanese performance artist based in New York. Of his own free will, Hsieh for example spent one year captured in a cage, punched a time clock every hour on the hour for one year, or spent one year entirely outside of any building. Osterhoff updates the One-Year Performance as a genre and takes it into the domain of life blogging and mobile user interfaces. Johannes P Osterhoff [http://johannes-p-osterhoff.com] is not a media but an interface artist. Since the rounded buttons of Windows were replaced by cornered ones, he keeps a wary eye on the interfaces of pop culture. He borrowed the „Submit Button“ from Windows and rebuilt it in real space (2003), his „Aqua“ series (2005-) consists of elements from the Apple operating systems. Its counterpart, „Aero“ (2007), encapsulated Windows’ iconic overpopulation, „Defence“ (2008-) captures the mania for security on interface level. Works like the acclaimed adbusting “Freedom from Porn” or the iPhone game „Tell 2.0“ (both 2010) are artistic statements on the user experience of closed platforms. In 2011 he published all his Google searches in a first one-year online performance called „Google“. Since June 29, 2012 his iPhone is streamed live and publicly on the web.