Making the installation

We thought you might be curious about our installation.

The exhibit features a payphone (Protel/coinless), tied to a multimedia hotline (Twilio Studio/OpenVBX), with a mobile booth that features a rebuilt payphone with a hidden computer (Raspberry Pi).

Our installation builds on prior work of the Leimert Phone Company in Los Angeles (including the SKIN Show). We were also inspired by museum multimedia hotlines like that at SFMOMA, city history via payphone like “Recalling 1993” in NYC (ARS Technica), and listening booths like Listening Post NOLA.