This collection / archive frames the development and history of Morse Code as a point of reference. A point in time when our modes of communication were at the early stages of mediation. The electrical telegraph, the mediator of that time, was a device to communicate the spoken word through a codified system of dots and dashes. The electrical telegraph and its intrinsic physical properties and technology, coupled with this codified system of writing, quickly became a sound object as it became evident that listening to the device was just as effective than reading the dots and dashes. As a point of reference, this compelled the research and collection of the intrinsic sonic qualities of our contemporary communication devices: the cell phone. Today's devices communicate in verbatim. They bypass any codified means and transmit the word, image, video, and sound directly by way of their sensorial facets: microphone, keypad, camera, to the receiving end, which may not be anything like the source. This growing archive goes beyond the surface of these communication devices and seeks to reveal their intrinsic qualities through sound.
AFFECTION RESEARCH LAB