Karl Sims


The iPhone Residency

2016 — 2018

The iPhone Residency was an experimental curational project looking at contemporary modes of living in relation to technology and its possible implications. Using a designated device as the location of an artistic residency, it provided a platform for several artists to each individually create and exhibit a body of work.

The project ran between 2016 and 2018. Artists documented their work during the residency via instagram and we collaborated with other independent galleries to exhibit work IRL once the residency was completed.

I was the sole director of the project. The project had no affiliation with Apple nor did it claim to do so.

It was a lot of fun making Apple-esque promotional materials. There was just so many funny and over the top hype videos to play with 😅 (see the instagram feed)

The projects website is no longer maintained but its instagram page is still online.


Project Site Web Archive Snapshot

Residents’ Past Projects:

Will Kendrick — I’ll See You In Another Life Brother

(With Support from Trevor H. Smith & music from KINLAW)

Work explores the relationship that the artist has to the landscape and what natural landscape is in the face of virtual realities. Parallels between the coded natural world and that of the coded digital one will be a focus of this body of research and how this relates to human experience in a collective sense. The project’s ultimate aim is to establish a meld between fiction and reality, proposing a dreamstate moving freely between all platforms, worlds and mediums. Taking both cinematic and documentational footage from many of our planet’s coastal resorts and locations, Kendrick aims to produce a work which explores our attachments and expectations of location through our perception of truth in parallel to our ongoing obsession with literary, filmic, and digital platforms through which we now choose to tell each other stories and escape.

Full exhibition documentation

Thanks go to Serf for their collaboration and support.

Artist’s website: willkendrick.co.uk

Luke Narin — I speak to people but it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.

Using the iPhone’s external and internal components to access, record and edit information, the project explored censorship and authoritarian controls.

Full exhibition documentation.

Thanks go to Muesli for their collaboration and support.

Artist’s website: lukenairn.co.uk