This project is fiscally sponsored by NYFA, New York Foundation for the Arts:

Curated by Parks and Recreation.

The Public Utteraton Machine is an interactive public art work that looks like a public telephone from the 19th century.


The aim is to install it in every borough if funding is obtained.


The Public Utteraton Machines build on social practice and urban intervention, in the form of objects in space, that provide a counter narrative in the form of a public service, to current public art conventions and locations. Currently there is no consistent established feedback system for public art, that asks residents about its role and purpose or even usefulness in public spaces. The privatization of public space, the real estate market and other factors in New York and its boroughs has resulted in clusters of public art (and funding) in certain geographical areas, and not in others.


The Machines will function like a telephone, are solar powered and results will be archived on this project website and in local libraries near the installation sites for other researchers or interested parties to listen to in the form of mp3 files, and transcribed texts.



Rebecca Hackemann