Australia is big – this we know. Queensland is also pretty big – in fact the United Kingdom would fit nicely inside it over seven and a half times. And now, this huge sunny state, known for mile upon mile of white sandy beaches and jungle-like interiors from whence celebrities sometimes beg to be removed, is staging a big event – in fact, the biggest of its kind…ever.
On October 4th, the @queensland Instameet broke a world record by some margin. The previous record was held by San Diego and stood at 451 Instagrammers, set in August 2013. However, Queensland’s event was held simultaneously at more than 90 locations across the state, coast, tropical jungle and outback. Beating the record was a foregone conclusion, but by how much? That’s the biggest question of all.
Or maybe the biggest question is, “What’s an Instameet?”
Simple really. An Instameet is an organised event, where people get together in person at a pre-arranged venue or virtually across a variety of similar venues to photograph whatever is in front of them and upload it to Instagram. It’s a social event in the old-fashioned sense of the term and some claim it’s art too.
DialAFlight is partnering with Queensland to help this huge experience take place and is excited to be involved with the London part of this massive project. Once the Instagrammers have all gone home to recharge their batteries, their photos and experiences will become part of a debate titled “Is Instagram Art?” on October 14th. Then, fifty of their images will be used to stage a free pop-up exhibition in London - #FreeArtFriday,17 October 2014 and 24 October 2014. Pop along to have a look at Art Galleries Europe, 18 Maddox Street , London Mayfair. W1S 1PL
There will also be a video produced showing a UK Instagrammer’s photo’s being taken at the event, all the way to hanging on the wall in the London gallery – check back on DialAFlight.com to see that as well as content from the art debate and Free Art Friday.