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About The Work

Most days we spend a great deal of time watching screens and massaging interfaces. It is only through the looking glass of our devices that we may assume our electronic doppelganger. Wearing it like invisible armor, our avatar helps us navigate and communicate in 21st century collective consciousness. Some have begun to define and customize their avatars, while others are still becoming aware of their image in the electric mirror.

Through video phones and a reconfigured mechanical toy, Phoney allows two people to talk to each other on separate sides of a space. When a person interacts with a terminal inPhoney they see the live video feed from the point of view of the mechanical toy on the other terminal. Similarly when they speak into the phone receiver, their voice makes the mechanical toy on the other terminal dance, causing the video feed on their side to bounce around. If both Phoney terminals are in use, a bizarre conversation is possible.