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2018

Digital kiosks are commonly used in urban settings to give information to tourists, handle transactions like ticket sales, and as so-called “Out-of-Home” advertising hubs. Such kiosks are ubiquitous, and operate in a very predictable way, which I would like to subvert. I plan to make a series of short narrative videos to be shown on them, placed in public spaces in the city. People can interact, using the touch-screen technology to play the videos, and chose different programmes, possibly in different languages. Machines will be coin-operated, referencing early moving-image machines like the Kinetophone invented by Thomas Edison, and different content can be made available at different prices as well. Old-fashioned kiosks that have a telephone handset would be very effective - a more durable way to deliver sound outdoors, and strangely intimate, as viewers engage one-on-one with the machine. It also suggests obsolescence, as the units would feel clunky and out of date. This project mystifies what is normally a straightforward interaction – buying a ticket, locating tourist information – and calls into question how information is packaged, commodified and delivered to the public realm from opaque, untrustworthy sources.

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