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CONNECTED-Hello Machine: 4 March - 5 April 2019
CONNECTED-Hello Machine
CONNECTED-Hello Machine
From 04 March to 05 April 2019

Focusing on the itinerant pop up artwork by media archeologist Rachel Hanlon called HELLO MACHINE, CONNECTED matches the engaging and inspiring installation with a series of artscience workshops gravitating around the interactions and communication between humans to humans and humans to machines.

The old fashioned landline telephone rings from time to time...if you answer the call you will talk to someone from another HELLO MACHINE in the world!

The two telephones will be located at multiple sites: Ca' Foscari CFZ - Cultural Flow Zone, the Ca' Foscari scientific campus the new M9 museum, Fondazione Querini Stampalia and La Biennale di Venezia (during the Carnival).

Telephones by Rachel Hanlon are located in Australia, USA, Japan, Ireland and Austria. The artwork is currently hosted also by Science Gallery Dublin's INTIMACY

CONNECTED is supported by DVRI - District of Venetian Research and Innovation.


Hello…? Can you talk to me…? When technologies reach obsolescence, our relationship with them changes, but what never changes is our need to reach out to others, connect and share. But what if no one is on the other end of the line? Who is there to hear us? AI has made sure there always is!

A ‘speech race’ is upon us, first we had interactive voice response systems, now with natural language interface systems we have our new ‘weavers of speech’, these modern day ‘voices with a smile’ are changing the way we communicate with our phones.

Siri, Alexa, Bibxy, Cortana and Google Assistant (shall we call her GAbby?) are all vying for your attention, but what will our budding relationships to these Boy/Girl Fridays blossom into? Hello Machine - Hello Human, touches on the playful moments that are shared between man and machine, and seeks to connect with you by inverting this relationship, by asking what can you do for her.

Hello Machines are situated across the globe in ever changing locations and time zones, picking up the receiver rings the other Hello Machines, creating space for spontaneous voice visiting. They provide a way in which the viewer can interact with re-animated technically obsolete telephone systems, utilising present day advancements in telephony. Their aim is to open up a dialogue between the technologies original ideas and meanings, and what makes up the 'thingness' these devices now possess, by unraveling its historical and societal content that contains traces of our identity.

For more information: www.venice.sciencegallery.com

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Website credits

Studio Camuffo

Alvise Rabitti
Giovanni Rosa