Call

2006

intervention using vintage telephone modified with programmable microcontroller and custom circuitry

A vintage telephone (resembling a direct taxi-line or service-centre phone) sits on a countertop in a public place accessible to a wide range of people. The phone's dial has been replaced with an LCD screen that reads "FOR CONVERSATION / LIFT HANDSET". Each time the handset is lifted, the phone dials at random one of the project participants, who have agreed to receive calls and attempt to have conversations with strangers.

In previous presentations the volunteer participants, from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities, have been solicited through a variety of local media and means. The interactions are not recorded or otherwise determined in any way, so the project is perpetuated and disseminated fundamentally through oral history.

Edition of 2. Circuit design and fabrication assistance by Gordon Hicks.

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh, Apr-May 2008.
Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Call and Relay, Oct-Nov 2007.
Solo Exhibitions: Ottawa Art Gallery, Germaine Koh, Aug-Oct 2006.
Group Exhibitions: Prairie Art Gallery , Here Now or Nowhere, Jan 2009. PDF
Group Exhibitions: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Conversation Pieces, Jan-Feb 2008.
Group Exhibitions: MKG127, Happy Birthday & Friendly Greeting, Jun-Sep 2007. Image
Group Exhibitions: ISEA / 01SJ, ISEA 2006 / Zero One San Jose, 7-13 Aug 2006.
Group Exhibitions: Surrey Art Gallery, There/Here: Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks, 2011.
Group Exhibitions: Dalhousie Art Gallery, (im)mobile, 2014.
Group Exhibitions: Haus für Kunst Uri, (im)mobile, 2016.
Group Exhibitions: Or Gallery, Afterlives, 2017.
Catalogues & Books: Steve Dietz ed., Superlight, 2008. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Chantal Molleur, Mireille Bourgeois, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Susann Wintsch, (im)mobile, 2014.
Catalogues & Books: Mireille Bourgeois + Chantal Molleur, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Susann Wintsch, (im)mobile, 2016.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Sarah Cook, annual publication, forthcoming. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Samir Gandesha, essay, 2009. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: John Shelling, Pacific Rim Magazine, 2008. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Stacey Abramson, Uptown, 22 Nov 2007.

Germaine Koh, Call, 2006, Intervention using vintage telephone modified with programmable microcontroller and custom circuitry. installation view at Ottawa Art Gallery, 2006. Photo courtesy OAG.