For LISTE 2017, Zak Kitnick has created sculptures and wall pieces that bring together the experiments of early Bell dialing pads. Through the appropriation of factory-made objects and machines of mass production, Kitnick explores designs for human physical and sociological patterns.
In the 1950’s, the technology of the rotary telephone became obsolete, where the dialing pad no longer demanded a circular form. Bell tested 18 different configurations - cross shapes, diagonals, and pyramid shapes - to cut down ‘error rate’ and to maximize ‘key time’. Kitnick has created wall pieces that imitate these experiments to highlight the developing interaction between human and machine.
By revisiting technological devices and historical artifacts, Zak Kitnick highlights our paradoxical nature of wanting to be at once communal while also disengaged, connected yet independent.
C L E A R I N G
396 Johnson Avenue
New York, NY 11206
Shown at LISTE:
Zak Kitnick, 1984, US