Suspended Disbelief

 

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The project consisted of small theatres inserted in the square of Omonoia by means of red curtains with gold trim. Each theatre was installed on the face of a working phone booth, turning it into a small private space for conversations, within which telephone calls would link the Bagkeion Hotel (site of the Athens Biennial) and the booths. Visitors to the Bagkeion Hotel, were encouraged to phone phone booths and initiate a conversation with whoever may pick up the phone. The intention was to create a new urban scene by having each speaker describe their respective location. The work is also open, then, to fictional descriptions of where each speaker may be. In this way, the telephone becomes a set designing tool rather than a plot device, allowing the square to be verbalised in many different ways.

September 2016
Cloth, thread, adhesive plastic, cellphone and various call cards
Omonoia Square, Athens, Greece