Every person born before 1990 has the same reaction to this piece: they dial their childhood phone number. This project questions that nostalgia through the intersecting lens of digital space and physical memory.
A Cyberpunk Dream
Sunset in 2016, most major cellular carriers no longer support 2G networks. The infrastructure for these networks, however, still exists. This has created a cyberpunk dream, an encryptable and underregulated digital communications medium.
By dressing an Arduino in midcentury familiarity, new technology becomes immediately familiar and comforting. In a world where many crave the comfort of familiarity—in outdated social contracts, gender norms, and the American Identity—this phone does the opposite. It takes something new, something without boundaries, and disguises it in the vestiges of the past. Equally novel as it is functional, this phone asks its user to reconcile their memories with the modern times.