1000 cellphones is a screen-based generative installation that is networked and pulls information from gallery participants' Bluetooth-enabled devices and visualizes this information on monitors suspended in the museum's public space. Audiences can interact with the piece by editing their data and in doing so changing the display. The playful mechanism of the installation points to more serious issues of data privacy.
This piece was designed at a time when Bluetooth security was still in its infancy and data protection was still insufficient. The work also highlights larger questions surrounding social behavior, location and digital privacy issues through the familiar and ubiquitous interface of the mobile phone device.
This works was exhibited at the Synthetic Times: the First New Media Triennial at the National Art Museum of China (2008), it was presented at the MUM: 8th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia in Cambridge, UK (2009) and Figment NYC (2009).
Artists: Sven Travis, Benjamin Bacon, David Carrol
1000 Cellphones exhibition photo at Synthetic Times, National Art Museum of China, 2008 (top right).
1000 Cellphones Video.