Hello?

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Hello? Is an interactive installation by Håkan Lidbo and Max Björverud. A standard 1970’s Swedish telephone with a Rasberry Pi microcomputer, connected to the internal microphone and loudspeaker.

The caller pick up the reciever. A pre-recorded voice says “hello”.

When the caller replies, the phrase is recorded into a memory bank. The telephone tells another pre-recorded phrase and the reply is once again recorded into the memory.

After a few phrases the pre-recorded voices are replaced by the recorded phrases from the caller, but slightly modulated so the voice can’t be immediately recognized.

Then the converastion continues and the caller replies to his/her recently recorded voice. Every now and then some pre-recorded phrases are thrown in to complete the confusion.

After less than a minute conversation, the caller talks to him/herself. It becomes a conversation of endless misunderstandings, a conversation that doesn’t lead anywhere, like in some of Kafka’s darker novels.

The project is about the difiiculties of communicating using technology, when the technology tries to take part of the conversation.

This is the schedule that the telephone follows.

Telephone………………………..Human

Pre-recorded phrase #01……….Phrase being recorded #01
Pre-recorded phrase #02……….Phrase being recorded #02
Pre-recorded phrase #03……….Phrase being recorded #03
Recorded human phrase #01…..Phrase being recorded #04
Recorded human phrase #02…..Phrase being recorded #05
Recorded human phrase #03…..Phrase being recorded #06
Random pre-recorded phrase….Phrase being recorded #07
Recorded human phrase #04…..Phrase being recorded #08
Recorded human phrase #05…..Phrase being recorded #09
Recorded human phrase #06…..Phrase being recorded #10
Random pre-recorded phrase….Phrase being recorded #11
Recorded human phrase #07…..Phrase being recorded #12

… and so forth…