The Urban Speaker

The Urban Speaker
AN exploration of the personal and social experience of communication in public places. Call 979-997-3041 on your mobile and your voice will be broadcast to those who pass by the installation in New York.

The Urban Speaker is an art installation that transforms public space into an instant stage for mass communication. This portable urban furniture allows people to broadcast their voice in public by calling a telephone number from their mobile phones.
The Urban Speaker resembles construction signage and blends in with its urban surroundings. It consists of a tripod with an amplified loudspeaker, smartphone, battery and a traffic sign. The signage instructs passersby to dial a phone number to speak in public. Users who place the call get an automatic answer and can speak their mind for sixty seconds after which the call is terminated. A QR (Quick Response) barcode on the sign allows some mobile phones to instantly access the urbanspeaker.mobi website for location, event and other details as well as quick dialing of the installation’s phone.

Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena is a media architect exploring physical and digital experiences that shape social interaction and our perception of space.
The Urban Speaker