Spirit Phones are electronic devices created for speaking with the dead. They open up an electronic link between the world of the living and that of the deceased. Drawing on one-hundred years of Electronic Voice Phenomenon research as well as the early necrophone prototypes developed by Thomas Edison, Spirit Phones is a collection of functional prototypes for communication beyond the grave that visitors are invited to test for themselves. If not connecting us with our dearly departed, these devices at least put us in touch with the vast psychological and emotional landscapes within ourselves.
Hugh Davies is an artist and researcher. Trained as a sculptor and media designer, his creative practice draws on mapping, games and media archaeology. He is a post-doctoral researcher in Design and Creative Practice at RMIT.