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Texting Pigeons

Texting Pigeons (2010) looks at how mobile technologies have become a conductor of human gesture, movement and communication. This is especially apparent whilst observing strangers share public transport where one can witness warm bodies that cluster together, whilst minds are occupied elsewhere.

Absurdist humour is employed as the entry point to this work. The dual images of a pigeon (in the form of a thumb puppet) and mobile phone are simultaneously activated by the human hand. The movement of these thumb puppets are orchestrated by the action of texting. By animating the texting thumb, this work draws attention to the uniform choreography that drives mobile devices and its real-time impact on our relationship within civic and urban spaces.