The Telemegaphone: No good can come from this


If there’s one thing that’s missing from Bunker Hill, it’s a giant megaphone that’s hooked into payphones spread throughout the city. I live at the base of Bunker Hill and it would be just grand if I could listen to everything on everyone’s mind, all day and all night long. Such will be the case for the fine citizens in the small town of Dale, Norway from August 2nd to September 6th as the “Telemegaphone Dale” – a Parafunctional Payphone, as it’s being called – gets flipped on.

Why? It’s art, say its creators.

“They are sculptural landmarks as well as interfaces to practical and poetic functionality that caters to unexpected and idiosyncratic telecommunication needs. They are concrete interventions in a, surprisingly quiet, debate on commodification of the commons and the commercialisation of interpersonal communications.”

In layman’s terms, there will be “a new series of public, telephonic art installations” – payphones – spread throughout the city of Dale. When you pick up one of these phones or dial the Telemegaphone’s phone number (which will be published on August 2nd), the apparatus shown above starts blinking and your voice is blasted from a high mountaintop overlooking the city. As your carefully crafted words slowly blanket the entire town, everyone will finally know exactly how you feel about Mondays, presidential elections, and various popular reality TV shows.

It’ll be just like Twitter, except EVERYONE has to pay attention to you.


[via Core77]