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    Med44’s Urban Speaker



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    Urban Speaker is a urban art installation by Med44. It consists of a tripod with a loudspeaker, smartphone, battery and traffic sign. People can call the posted number to broadcast their voice in public by calling a telephone number. They can speak their mind for sixty seconds before the call ends.

    Says the artist:

    The project explores the possibilities of urban media spaces created by the introduction of telecommunication and interactive technologies into our built environments. Temporary interventions such as this seek to re-imagine what our personal and social experience of public spaces can be in an age of ubiquitous nonstop communication.

    The piece was first shown for the first time during the Conflux 2010 festival of psycho-geography in New York City’s Tompkin Square Park on October 8th, 2010.

    Link to the artist’s website

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