Viewers who pick up the telephone receivers can use them to speak with each other, initiating social interactions that are at once intimate and distancing.

This work was produced through a collaboration with artist Phil Peters. Around the turn of the century, as the Bell telephone system connected cities across the US, rural areas were mostly left out. Intrepid ranchers discovered that ad-hoc, decentralized telephone networks could be built out of simple materials at hand, using the pre-existing network of barbed wire fences as transmission lines.

Fence opening Fence detail