Babylonokia Celebrates 20th Anniversary
1998 - 2018
10 October 2018, AUSTRIA, EU - Babylonokia is proud to announce its twentieth year as leading art gallery in the field of antique cell phones. In an era when cell phone companies are growing enormously, Babylonokia has achieved worldwide renown in two decades.
Babylonokia is a clay copy of a mobile phone from the 1998s, its keys and screen showing cuneiform script. It’s the world’s first cuneiform cell phone.
The founder, Karl Weingaertner created the work to represent the evolution of information transfer from the ancient world to the present. Fringe scientists and alternative archaeology proponents subsequently misrepresented a photograph of the artwork as showing an 800-year-old archaeological find; that story was popularised in a video on the YouTube channel Paranormal Crucible and led to the object being reported by some press sources as a mystery.
The fact that it is a clay copy of what appears to be a Sony Ericsson S868 mobile phone, a model from the 1990s, had no meaning for the artist, who was using it as a metaphor for mobile devices in general.
While communications technology continues to increase exponentially, but on the other hand, more and more people are becoming addicted to mobile phones.
Babylonokia sees no better method than “Phone-Art” to reflect these exciting but very disturbing phenomena.
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