Hello Geelong is an interactive project using vintage telephones.
The project pays homage to the role that Geelong played in the development of communications within Australia.
Upon picking up the receiver, participants will talk to an 'Interactive Voice Response Chat bot', who will prompt them with questions about their memories of Geelong.
These memories will be added to a repository that will then be accessible through using the Hello Geelong payphone booth, replete with accompanying telephone furniture.
Telephones and telephone booths have always had the ability to connect us to the concept of sharing distance and time.
Hello Geelong project seeks to capture the memories and stories of the people of Geelong, within a shared collective project, that will become a living and breathing archive, nuanced by the actual voices of its storytellers, the people of Geelong.
Participants using the interactive telephone booth will not only be able to hear other people’s memories of Geelong, but also be able to leave their own memories through talking to the same IVR chat bot.
The Hello Geelong project is a reminder of the way we once lived, accessed through the way we once communicated.
Hello Geelong is located in the National Wool Museum.