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Intimacies of Technology

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My most recent creative project started with a collection of voice mails saved on a cell phone. These voice mails preserved the last messages left by my deceased mother. Captured on a Razor flip  phone, they were trapped there when I decided to upgrade my service. At the time, the technology to transfer them did not exist. As I dealt with the loss of my mother, I held on to that outdated cell phone as a sort of talisman. It housed an emotional catalogue of voice mails and as long as I had the phone, I could play back the messages.

 

These voice mails were both stranded on that singular phone and preserved for my comfort. This duality was the beginning of a large-scale installation titled "Intimacies of Telephony," wherein I canned over 200 telephones to preserve, collect and catalogue their histories. This work was also greatly influenced by my research into the history of telephone technologies, feminist communication theory, and artists whose work resonated with my own creative explorations. Although my installation begins from a place of personal narrative and preservation, it ultimately addresses more universal concepts of domesticity, gender politics, and issues of communication.

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