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A reprise of an old entry. It’s taken a while to get the video done properly. 🙂

On the 13th of June, passengeraction and I popped down to City Hall to take a look at the Telectroscope. This was a fabulous bit of interactive artwork which appeared to consist of a tunnel dug under the Atlantic and large looking devices poking out of the ground in London and New York. Visitors could peer through the end and wave to those peering through on the other side of the ocean. The people who made it had very cleverly thought it out and had a website explaining in intricate detail how such a scheme might have worked. I loved it.

The whole thing set me thinking about ways of communication. And wondering what would be the best thing to communicate. I was disappointed to see the number of people who just went down to point and wave. After all, if the artist Paul St George went to so much trouble to entertain us then surely we should be trying to enhance the experience a little. I checked out what messages had been sent: mobile phone numbers had been exchanged and real-time conversations then had, marriage proposals had been made, birthday greetings passed on to relatives and friends on the other side of the world. All good stuff. But nobody had done spam.

Spam is surely one of the most prevalent forms of communication we have. In Victorian times when the Telectroscope was first built there was no concept of fibre-optic cables transmitting pointless messages about penis size to millions of helpless victims. It’s very much a modern thing. But if somebody decided to hi-jack the Telectroscope and combine the old with the new…..well you might get something like this:

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