Despite Steve Jobs talking often about how Apple lives on the intersection of art and technology, there’s no Art category in the App Store. Apps are filed away in patronising categories like Education, or Photo and Video.
When I’m viewing artworks on my phone, I’m not doing so for education purposes. I’m doing so for… well, because it’s art!
Additionally, some artists like to create apps that are simply interactive works of art, but at the moment risk getting filed away in the Games category.
The +ArtApp petition hopes to change this. Seth Indigo Carnes, Serkan Ozkaya and Paulina Bebecka, New York City artists and a gallerist, are behind +ArtApp and explain:
There has been no Art category since the App Store’s launch in 2008. Currently, some of the world’s largest museums, such as the Louvre and MoMA, are stuck in categories like Lifestyle or Education. Artists are creating app artworks in this new medium, with no appropriate category.
Art is Art.
We feel there is no category that better captures the vast creative spark within human culture. And we request that Apple recognize and remedy the situation, celebrating creativity worldwide with the addition of an Art category.
You can sign the petition here: