View from Haight-Ashberry Pay Phone
Installation by Stephen Wilson, 1993

Is Anyone There is an art installation in which a computer called pay phones in five locations in San Francisco every hour on the hour for a week. The installation explored how far users would go in conversations with digital characters. Art installations at SIGCHI, SIGGRAPH, and Ars Electronica made this database of recorded converstations available to users while showing digital video of what they could see while standing at each of the phones or waking up and down the streets nearby.

The movie on this page shows a sample of what could be seen as one turned 360' standing at the pay phone in the Haight area of San Francisco. This movie is a quicktime VR movie. You can move the point of view by holding the mouse down on the right or left borders of the frame (the cursor will turn into an arrow). Proper viewing requires the quicktime and quicktimeVR plug ins.

Image documentation of the five pay phone locations (180k)

More information about the Is Anyone There? installation

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