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Jean Luc Cornec’s Re-purposed Rotary Phone Sheep

Posted By Moe Beitiks On January 23, 2010 @ 8:45 am In Art,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

FRANKFURT, jean luc cornec, phone sheep, phonehead sheep, repurposed phones, telephone sheep [1]

Where do rotary phones [2] sit within today’s more modern, more digitized world? Does our constant manipulation of these familiar and classic, yet obsolete, objects in art [3] and design signify a desire for a more natural state of being? Jean Luc Cornec’s exhibit at the Museum of Communications in Frankfurt [4] seems to imply as much. The exhibition presses visitors to recall more simplified times through a flock of free-roaming sheep sculpted from old, analog, rotary phones [5].

FRANKFURT, jean luc cornec, phone sheep, phonehead sheep, repurposed phones, telephone sheep [6]

Apart from the visually striking animation that is achieved by these static sculptures, what becomes especially compelling is the feeling of being stared down by both an animal and obsolete technology [7] at the same time. The rotary phone, not unlike a country flock of sheep, has entered its own era of quaint - that is, quaint like letter-writing, quaint like the churning of butter - archaic and nostalgic. 

With more and more items at one point considered essential, now placed to the wayside, it makes you wonder what in today’s world is next to follow such a fate.

+ Museum of Communications in Frankfurt - Jean Luc Cornec [8]

Via Elastika [9]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/23/jean-luc-cornecs-re-purposed-rotary-phone-sheep/phonehead-sheep/

[2] phones: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/15/recycle-your-old-cell-phone-to-help-quake-victims-in-haiti/

[3] art: http://www.inhabitat.com/art/

[4] Museum of Communications in Frankfurt: http://www.museumsstiftung.de/stiftung/museen.html

[5] phones: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/nokia-concept-phone-runs-on-coke/

[6] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/23/jean-luc-cornecs-re-purposed-rotary-phone-sheep/phonehead-sheep-6/

[7] technology: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/18/lg-unveils-flexible-electronic-newspaper/

[8] + Museum of Communications in Frankfurt - Jean Luc Cornec: http://www.mfk-frankfurt.de/

[9] Elastika: http://www.elastika.org/2010/01/sheep-sculptures/?utm_source=wordtwit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wordtwit

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