Friday 14 September 2018, 9.00am - Friday 28 September 2018, 5.00pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place
PhoneHome was developed for Chile's Architecture & Urbanism Biennial on ‘Unpostponable Dialogues’, which invited architects, artists and activists to reflect on critical contemporary issues about the built environment.
It engages architecture’s role in housing those without home and homeland. The intermedial installation critiqued architecture’s complicity in detaining ‘alien’ bodies while recognising the smartphone’s role in resisting such detention.
For many in exile, the smartphone is an innate body extension that situates, orients, documents, represents and transcends a life lived in exile. Miniature refugee cabins house phones playing videos by artists and correspondents from Iran, Kurdistan, Russia, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, which are apprehended through mediating elements of the models’ barred windows and headphones