Phone Space

Conceptual Background

In this work I argue that the mobile phone, although well integrated with our lives, is not a “transparent technology”. It demands the focus of our attention day and night; it’s taking over our lives. It’s more than an intrusion on polite society and a social fad. With the advent of it, most of us are living in an increasingly distracted, ego-driven, over-stressed experience, and no one builds an off switch.

This piece is meant to provide a space for audience to contemplate and reflect on their relationships with their mobile phones. Walking around inside this work, you’ll hear the phones nudge you at each step speaking like a real person, as an attempt to impersonate your friend. They claim that they “know everything about you,“ and hence are “your true friend”; they spy on you (“I’m watching you”), and spill your secrets (“I told Bob everything about you”). They sell you the news about a new gadget released and lure you into buying it. “Play with me. Talk to me, “ they demand.

Implementation

The physical aspect of this work is made up of laser-cut objects, foam, tapes, and wooden strips. Kinect is used for its raw depth data to track user locations and connect to Processing which plays sound tracks (recordings of selected machine-read phrases) based on location data.

 

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In this work I argue that the mobile phone, although well integrated with our lives, is not a “transparent technology”. It demands the focus of our attention day and night; it’s taking over our lives. It’s more than an intrusion on polite society and a social fad. With the advent of it, most of us are living in an increasingly distracted, ego-driven, over-stressed experience, and no one builds an off switch. . This piece is meant to provide a space for audience to contemplate and reflect on their relationships with their mobile phones. Walking around inside this work, you’ll hear the phones nudge you at each step speaking like a real person, as an attempt to impersonate your friend. They claim that they “know everything about you,“ and hence are “your true friend”; they spy on you (“I’m watching you”), and spill your secrets (“I told Bob everything about you”). They sell you the news about a new gadget released and lure you into buying it. “Play with me. Talk to me, “ they demand. . *Implementation*: The physical aspect of this work is made up of laser-cut objects, foam, tapes, and wooden strips. Kinect is used for its raw depth data to track user locations and connect to Processing which plays sound tracks (recordings of selected machine-read phrases) based on location data. . . #art #artists #artist #installationart #interactiveart #interactive #multimedia #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #processing #kinect #technology #tech #coding #artwork #creative #newmedia #mediaart #gallery #artstagram #iphone #iphones #exhibition #artexhibition #installation #techno #creativecoding #lasercutting #lasercut #_chunw

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