Salvage Memory Hotline

September 2017 at SOMOS ABQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Through interactive sculptural and sound elements, Salvage Memory Hotline creates an environment to explore the paradox of finding privacy in public spaces, the ways subjective memories and experiences interact with the built environment, and how obsolete technologies are reminders of obsolete experiences. 

The central telephone booth acts as an interactive calling and listening station where visitors may privately listen to a voicemail archive of anonymous accounts of partially forgotten memories, and call in to contribute their own. The surrounding area is interspersed with monochromatic plaster-cast sculptural elements including fragments of telephone poles, arches, and pillars of varying heights, banner-like sweeps of telephone lines, and smaller cast objects of repeated motifs. Among the architecture hang translucent iridescent panels with broken memory scripts printed on them.