Burning Man is known for massive, Instagram-friendly art installations that are a stark contrast to the beige, desert backdrop. There are also many smaller projects, labors of love that easily get lost. In this installment, THE INTERSECTION discovers one.
To the naked eye, it looks like an old phone on a dusty table with a small sign that reads “Information.” Curious folks at Burning Man pick up the receiver and it starts to ring. What awaits them on the other end is totally unexpected.
The Phone Experiment™ is the creation of David Cooper, a coder-slash- comedian who lives in San Francisco. He was kind enough to give us access to more than 24-hours of recorded conversations that are at once funny and touching, intimate and outrageous.
THE INTERSECTION looks at changing cities through physical intersections. This time we’re doing something different: The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We’re heading to a remote corner of Nevada for Burning Man.
THE INTERSECTION is a co-production of David Boyer and KALW.
Jonathan Davis is the associate producer. This episode was edited by Ben Trefny and Lisa Morehouse with an assist from Gabe Grabin. And engineered by Gabe for your listening pleasure with music from Erik Pearson.
The Phone Experiment is a project of David Cooper, who also runs a weekly call-in radio show from a coffee shop window in San Francisco. Find out more at www.jew.pizza...seriously.