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focAR group | Alina TUDOR & Razvan NEAGOE
URBAN TRACES - TELEPHONE | The bank of images - PUBLIC TELEPHONE
a side event to the INTERVENTIONS3* project
July 1 - 31, 2008
poster (print and forward):
The Telephone has become an exponent for urban society. It is a part of
our life; it creates connections between us and helps us in making
relations. There are telephones inside every apartment, on main streets
and boulevards there are telephone booths and every person has a mobile
phone at hand.
Telephone means motion and it expresses the identity of the one who uses it.
We start up from the idea that the identity cannot be anything else but
the object of a horizontal analysis and can’t be simply defined as an
urban artefact. It represents a cultural sign as long as the virulent
changes affecting all the social structures register as a natural answer a
form of resistance over the all these mutations.
TEL. continues the series of unconventional spaces as part of the Urban
Traces project. Following the interactive “Up in the flat there’s a house”
and “Courier” projects, this one brings in front a small but
space, which is ignored.
We have chosen the public phone because it is getting sick of daily urban
life syndrome. It has become a place for passers by to have rest, a
shelter to hide from the rain
it is vandalised and almost none of the
phone booths has the door.
This project is a warning sign regarding the collective indifference that
is representative for big cities.
In present in Bucharest there are about 7.600 public telephones, 400 more
than it was in 2000. On the country level there are at least 50.000 public
telephone posts installed, out of which 12.500 in the rural areas.
According to the Penal Code, articles 217, 219, damaging a phone booth
represents an illegal act penalized from 1 to 3 months of imprisonement.
If there is a damage or degradation registered due to arson, explosion or
any other similar act and if it results in public danger the penalty can
be from 3 to 15 years of imprisonement.
Jurnalul National (27-05-2005)
a project by Oberliht Association
* The INTERVENTIONS3 project is organized in partnership with
UNAgaleria/Bucharest and STATE of EMERGENCY - magazine for literature, art
and attitude, with the financial support of the Latin Union (office from
Republic of Moldova), Romanian Cultural Institute through the CANTEMIR
Program, European Cultural Foundation and Henkel Romania.
Moldova Young Artists Association "Oberliht"
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