The Texting Detective (based on a Charles Willeford story)

Steve Fagin, UCSD visual arts professor, is working with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to promote the museum.

Fagin is enlisting artists, authors, and celebrities to create stories about the museum and its collection for one platform: the cell phone. The series is called, simply, “Cell Phone Stories.” According to Fagin, “it’s meant to bring the museum and the collection alive.”

One of the installments of the series was a series of text messages and video by artist Rich Bott that was inspired by a Charles Willeford story.

After the jump you will find the full transcript of the performance including all of the videos and images.

Jacque Debierue sculpture reported missing STOP LAPD on the scene STOP continental operative Richard Bott on scene STOP

Girl&CopCar from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Sirens are blaring STOP LAPD arriving STOP plenty of coconut shrimp and donuts for the boys STOP they are gonna work for them STOP

Sirens from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Got suspicious look from women on elevator STOP they where drinking 40 oz subway sandwich beverages STOP

Some wise cracking lamp decided to get smart STOP deal with this jerk later STOP gonna kick its teeth in when this thing winds down STOP

Sirens from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Guy playing saxophone STOP could be some kind of cover STOP happy birthday JFK STOP

Red light district STOP Hot tip from prostitute STOP male dark hair with hobo bag STOP lurking in Picasso Alley STOP stinks down here STOP

Rich Walking Past Picasso from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Ellsworth Kelly saw small child with hello kitty bag STOP something is up here STOP

Beautiful lady caught my eye STOP crustiness of her curves are pulling me in all the wrong directions STOP gonna put one down with her STOP

NudePainting from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Hot number back in the gallery slipped me a Mickey STOP room has gone all purple STOP I hear tingly lights STOP legs like jelly STOP

Light Show from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Shaking off mental haze STOP walking it off down contemporary stairs STOP moaning near Urban Light STOP smell of papa johns pizza STOP

RichGoingDownstairs from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Bott in hot pursuit of perpetrator STOP baby carriage knocked over near Urban Light STOP this hood is going down STOP has bag in hand STOP

Urban Light chase from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Just found strange photo given to agent Fagin STOP running it down back at headquarters STOP

Urban Light Chase (with sound) from CellPhoneStories @LACMA on Vimeo.

Perpetrator in custody STOP one Joey Muldoni STOP sculpture recovered STOP returning to Ahmanson entrance location STOP case closed STOP

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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