July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
I pulled over at a rest stop on 495 in MA coming back from cape cod with my friends, and ended up having an impromptu photo session with the pay phone. I’ve become fascinated with pay phones lately, they are slowly gaining a vintage status. Who needs a quarter and a pay phone when you’ve got a smart phone with check ins? Can you imagine asking for a quarter to call a hot girl from the bar? Hell no, you’d just text a bird. I’d like to use the pay phone as an inspiration towards studying passé technologies. Aesthetically they have many angles and different designs. And functionally they were a viable, necessary part of culture not so long ago. So begins the study of the pay phone.
May 9, 2011 § 3 Comments
620 pages on A5 paper, a years worth of conversation with my sister.
INTRO: This book is a log of conversations had with my sister via Skype over the past 10 months. My sister Lena lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA; a single Mom with 3 kids. I live in Preston, England and am earning my Masters in Graphic Design. The conversations span over six countries: USA, England, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, and France.
I hope to present a diary of these conversations as a reflection of our lives, of our most truthful thoughts and feelings. The topics discussed throughout this book are the type you only share with someone you trust, like a sister. And now I share them with you so you may take from them your own impressions and cast your own judgements.
My intention is not to simply share these conversations with you, but also to show the ways in which technology has changed communication and relationships. Technology has connected us in ways that have never been possible before. The relationship I maintain with my sister via Skype is something new, something amazing. The concept of sharing this conversation with you, is new in itself as well. As a third party, you can extract unedited conversations we shared without a one-side biased re-account of the events. Here you see first hand information and will draw your own conclusions. Judge me if you like.
The accounts in this book reflect the immediateness and impermanence of modern communication. We no longer treasure our conversations, especially those had via digital media. Text messages are as quick and easy to send as they are to delete. We no longer keep a box of correspondence tucked away in our desks, under our beds; we store the reflections of our daily moments electronically, often without thinking, never looking over them again, passed pressing send.
An excerpt from the the book
Rachel 8/17/10 12:10 PM
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:11 PM
How’s it going?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:11 PM
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:12 PM
good morning, what time is there?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:12 PM
good, just relaxin rob went to drive his friend to the airport
but i oppted out.
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:13 PM
oh but when you get to England it will be 5 hours right?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:13 PM
yah 5 or 6 depending on the time of there year.
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:14 PM
I fired Katlyn last night
Rachel 8/17/10 12:14 PM
u want to type it or tel me?