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Move Over Instagrammers: LA Mobile Arts Festival Hits Santa Monica This Weekend

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Instagrammers will have some competition this weekend. The LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012, which features a display of mobile phone art, workshops, and interactive installations, will be held at Santa Monica Art Studios for an entire week beginning Saturday, August 18.

The festival, which is also presented by, will feature a display of works by more than 150 "iPhoneography" mobile photographers from around the globe to showcase the artists' innovative techniques in underground mobile art, reinventing the daguerreotype, sculpture installations, along with film, video, and performance art.

Beginner and aspiring "iPhoneographers" need not fear. The festival and many of its events, including hands-on workshops, are free and open to the public. Those eager to learn can attend photowalks along Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier to flex their new-found mobile photography skills and capture the sunset and iconic performers and attractions of these local cultural sites.

Participants can also get an early start on the mobile art festivities at the informal meet up this Friday for drinks at Typhoon or attend Saturday's opening gala from 7pm to 10pm, which will feature mobile photographers' photos, 600 fine art prints, as well as film, environmental, and sculpture installations to demonstrate how technology and art intersect.

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Workshops and talks on nude photography and mobile photography tips and techniques will also take place throughout the week.

Click here for the complete schedule. Some events require a reservation and/or registration fee, so plan ahead. And don't forget your iPhone.

LAist's Chelsee Lowe contributed to this report.