Payphone Project
2006, Socrates Sculpture Park, 
Long Island City, NY

 

High Desert Test Sites

Joshua Tree, CA
payphone, 61x16x14”

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The Payphone Project is a bicoastal exhibit that made it possible for two pedestrians unknown to each other to form a short-term connection. One phone was placed in the High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California (just outside of LA) and another in the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City. Using a call restrictor, the two payphones could be used to call each other as well as other payphones located randomly around the country. Additionally, the interaction of the participants is an exciting and unpredictable connection between the “real world” and art spaces. The art spaces became linked in a dialogue with the random, unsuspecting person.