New World OrderPayphone, gold leaf, microcontroller, electronics
20 x 8 x 4 inches
A gold leafed payphone with an embedded speaker plays a faint audio loop of the closing trial arguments of Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. As the viewer approaches the phone, the volume decreases to a whisper but no English translation of Nadezhda’s Russian speech accompanies the piece. A quote from a Pussy Riot song is pasted onto the phone. The work queries the power of social media as it transforms complex cross-cultural dissent into digestible sound bites.