By Nicole Barreras
My project is called ‘Cannection’, a word play between cans and connections. In this project, the user will be presented with a machine that resembles an antique telephone booth but instead of a telephone there will be a can, to reference the playful two tin cans and a string way of communication. The booth will also have a keypad and a list of numbers that the user will call and, depending on which one they choose, the user will dial the number and pick up the can as if to make a phone call. Once the ring goes through, the user will be presented with various audio clips (depending on the dialed number) by various individuals with different emotional connections behind them. This will also prompt ambiance lighting to turn on.
The main purpose of this project is to provoke happiness and a momentary escape in the person listening to the audio clips. Connections with other humans, ranging from family, partners, friends or even distant coworkers are an important thing to be reminded of and be exposed to, specially while and after we are in quarantine.
Nicole Barreras is a Bronx based Dominican-American artist, laboratory technician and adjunct professor who specializes in creating work within the digital realm. She is a CUNY Lehman College graduate with a degree in Computer Graphics and Imaging. Her main artistic focus is centered around the synergy of art, popular culture, and the media.