telephone

Cross-Connect

The installation consists of floating bubbles that carry conversations happening in the “private” space of a “public” phone.

“Cross-connections” is a term that was commonly used when one call between two people from a landline phone was superimposed by another call making both the conversations heard by all four people involved. Often leading to the four speaking with each other. This is interesting because privacy, suddenly becomes a relative term. It has little to do with isolation but with the hope of not being discovered in a crowd. The dispersed conversations out of a seemingly “private” space indicate towards the presence of “listeners” and “hackers” at various levels of the current communication model.

Mobile gesture interfaces

Nowadays, we interact with mobile phones via 15-20 small buttons, which makes it extremely hard to reach certain functions. To write the word "hello" needs 15 button presses on an average mobile. We also need long keystrokes to find someone in the contact list with hundreds of names. Voice dialling has been available for many years, but it isn't reliable at noisy places, and we just don't feel confortable to talk to our phones when others are listening.

Rotary cellphone

Rotary cellphone is conventional inside, but retro designed outside. You can connect your mobile device to this phone via bluetooth. Then dial the number and call anybody you want, with your own cellphone.

Some years before, when rotary phones were usual, nobody could imagine, that some years after phones will be chordless. Using this phone is a good opportunity to remember, that the technology is developing by leaps and bounds.

CityScout

CityScout is a mobile application which provides information on nearby places. There are many similar applications. CityScout stands out from these by not requiring a GPS device for its positioning but using mobile cells instead.

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