PHONETIC FACES – 2003

A mobile phone enabled image mixer for public space.

Description

Phonetic Faces is an interactive mobile visual installation in public space that allows people to both contribute their image to a shared display and collaborate with others to create a collage of images using their mobile phones. While in front of the installation, visitors call a free 1-890 number which prompts them to choose images to collage together and allows them to take a new picture of themselves to add the archive. The installation allows up to four people to simultaneously call in and chose photographs to add to the evolving collage. The result is a visual composition of visitors over time to the installation. Ideally, the project would be installed in a public space such as a bus stop or another “waiting” point to allow for a constant influx of new images and collages to collect over time.


Installed at the Digital Hub, Dublin, Ireland.

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Background

How can a sense of community amongst visitors be maintained over time? Phonetic Faces is focused on the idea of time-based image capture in public spaces, where the people inhabiting those spaces changes daily. As we become more dependent on mobile devices, our specificity to physical location over physical proximity may begin to deteriorate. Like a sign that’s anchored to the street, Phonetic Faces can only exist in a location dependent space where people’s action and movements become more important than their immediate environment. Since it’s an open system, it’s collage feature allows for multiple perspectives to merge into a hybrid portrait of the local community.

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Credits:
Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Exhibitions:

Art In Mobile“, 3/20 – 4/21, 2008, Galerie De Meerse, Hoofdorp, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
CHTONIC CARTOGRAPHERS, 11/1/05 – 1/6/06, Chesapeake Gallery, Student Center, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD, USA.
Exhibit2: Mobilise, 3/15/03 – 6/10/03, The Digital Hub, Dublin, Ireland.
E-Culture Fair, 10/23-24/03, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
NoemaLab, 6/2/03, Bologna, Italy.

Overview:
Phonetic Faces is an interactive mobile visual installation in public space that allows people to both contribute their image to a shared display and collaborate with others to create a collage of images using their mobile phones. While in front of the installation, visitors call a free 1-890 number which prompts them to choose images to collage together and allows them to take a new picture of themselves to add the archive. The installation allows up to four people to simultaneously call in and chose photographs to add to the evolving collage. The result is a visual composition of visitors over time to the installation. Ideally, the project would be installed in a public space such as a bus stop or another “waiting” point to allow for a constant influx of new images and collages to collect over time.

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