Dear community, since 2016, we have been running the StreetArt | SPOTTERON App as an independent project. The StreetArt App has grown steadily with a small but dedicated community, and until now over 10.000 artworks have been submitted by art lovers like you. What we have also encountered that, without any advertising budgets, it is hard to spark what we envisioned for StreetArt and arts in general: a buzzing and active community with enough people involved to have a dynamic exchange going on. In the last month, we have analyzed the situation and have seen that on the one hand, the name of the app makes it very difficult to find. We even had a small media campaign on the info screen displays of our hometown Vienna, resulting in almost zero new users since the partner just communicated "Hey, download the Streetart app". You can imagine how successful such a call to action is - a vague name doesn't help much here. When running your own independent project it's much about learning as you go forward. Also we have seen in our peer groups, that people love art in general but focussing to strong on one particular art form can create entry barriers for new users. We at SPOTTERON always try to approach things in an open and diverse matter - which lead to the thought that we could integrate other art forms in the successor project of StreetArt.
By including other art forms, we hope to reach out to new people. As a contemporary artist on www.vonSeiten.com myself, I always wanted to post my own art in the app - but it is not StreetArt per se, so I was not able to. And while walking the streets, while in a museum, while on a gallery exhibition with friends, I often would love to be able to share that with you in the StreetArt app. With the new ArtSpots project, now everyone can. It opens up and let artist, museum fans, photographers, architecture admirers and others to share their sightings. StreetArt, Graffiti and tag culture still play a major role in the upcoming app - in fact, it has still it's own category buttons and is prominently visible. We have combined Graffiti and Tags since the separation is often blurry anyhow. All your current spots will be still in the app for sure; nothing is lost. The only thing necessary after the relaunch is to download and install the new ArtSpot App on your phone, in which you can log in with your existing user account.
On the other hand, we have extended the app dramatically. The full list of new categories is:
For every one of the categories, we have created a sub-genre list, ranging from essential art periods in "Historic arts" to the StreetArt genres you already know from the current app. These sub-genres all have now a glossary built into the list, and for every selection option, there is now easy-to-access background information present. Furthermore, you can now check "I am the creator!" for your own artworks if you like.
Beside artworks and sightings, we have integrated "Art places" as a new feature. You can now share not only art itself but also a place dedicated to art, from a museum or gallery to a public space which is a street art hotspot. These art locations will have their own marker on the map, and they can be updated with the (+) button. By that option, you can create "inventories" of a location, which is a neat new feature for changing art presentations as in graffiti walls or art galleries.
We are currently are in the final steps of the relaunch of the StreetArt app, and the new "ArtSpots" app will be ready soon. We will announce it via a push message in the old app when the download is ready on Android & IOS, or you can check back here on www.artspots.net. We also have registered a Facebook Page and an Instagram account, which you can follow to stay in the loop.
We hope you like the new concept and we are looking forward to your contributions to the new app!
Thank you very much and as always - happy spotting!