The Hello Machine is an audio-visual meditation on the invisible infrastructures of telecommunications. Carroll Ballard’s film shows the human effort involved in replacing an electromechanical switching system with an electronic one. It’s wordless succession of colors, wires, resistors, hands, and faces set to warm acoustic/synth score that evokes the best possibilities of human/machine relations.
Ethnographic research in new media, sound studies, performance studies, and popular music. Details on research and teaching are at mactrasound.com. (RSS)
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