TXTual Healing is an ongoing exploration in how mobile technology can transform public action into theater. Using a laptop and projector, speech balloons and/or graphic context are projected onto buildings, with a phone number to which anyone with a mobile phone can text a response. Typically a private form of communication, in this project text messaging becomes an open, anonymous, and uncensored dialogue; a means to engage, rather than to escape; a way to create community through spontaneous performance.
Paul Notzold is a new media artist and designer specializing in mobile and interactive technology. Notzold received his MFA from Parsons, the New School for Design’s graduate Design & Technology program, where he later taught. His most notable work TXTual Healing (www.txtualhealing.com) has been exhibited and performed internationally, appearing in Google’s Creative Internet (slide 65), notable publications including The Economist, Wired, Time Magazine, Overspray, and the books Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art published by Taschen, Touch of Code published by Gestalten, and Street Art and the War On Terror: How the World’s Best Graffiti Artists Said NO to the Iraq War.notzold.com