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Mobile Evolution

June 10th, 2009 · 7 Comments

art,cell phones,creativity

Stumbled upon this picture in the web today,  it’s called Mobile Evolution: Miniaturisation in the style of a Russian Doll by British artist Kyle Bean.

If you’re not familiar with it,  a Russian nested doll (commonly known as Matryoshka doll) is actually a set of about 7 dolls of diminishing sizes, one “nested” inside the other. All the smaller dolls fit into the biggest piece. There used to be one in our house that  my father brought home from a trip to Europe…I remember all three of us kids wondering at the cleverness of it.

Mobile Evolution brilliantly captures the trend towards miniaturisation. Cell phones today, while smaller and more compact than their predecessors are also more powerful. The smallest one in this set, a data phone, has more features and capabilities than all the others combined.

See more detailed pictures of Mobile Evolution here. There’s also a short video showing exactly how the smaller cell phones fit into the biggest one.

I can’t help but feel, however, that all these technology just bring us more of the same. We tend to forget that the medium is not the message. While our modern gadgets empower us to communicate better with each other, the source of the message ultimately is our own motivations, personalities, sets of values. The message will still be good or crappy, no matter how we send it or where it gets repeated (retweeted?) in the internet, or how it gets amplified by technology.

Ok,  I’m starting to get preachy here, I should stop now. If you noticed, we’ve started blogging about technology and art in the past couple of posts… you can expect more of these type of posts in the future, to spice things up a bit.

By the way,  if  you want to see the actual Mobile Evolution,  you’re in luck..if you’re in London, that is.  Here’s the latest update from Kyle Bean:

YCN displaying Mobile Evolution!
9th June 2009

The lovely people at YCN kindly invited me to meet them yesterday and asked to see my Mobile Phone Evolution Russian Doll model. After very little persuasion I agreed to have the model out on display in the YCN building, 72 Rivington Street, London. So if you want to grab a chance to see the real thing – that is where they will be living for the next couple of weeks.

There’s another creative movement (I can’t seem to recall the exact name, at the moment) where modern computers are retrofitted to look like beautiful period pieces, I’ll keep you posted when I’ve looked into that.

Tags: Cell Phone Technology

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lena // Jun 16, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I keep the house the entire collection of mobile phone since appeared in the sale of the first mobile phone that I got for my eighteenth birthday. I often change mobile phones but I do not sell and do not give them, and for this reason I have a lot of them.

  • 2 HCP // Jun 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Cell Phone industry has really changed faster then it was projected. At my work we have an old verizon back pack phone in display. Its just amazing how the cell phone sizes shrunk in 10 yrs.

  • 3 Planet Numbers // Jul 8, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Recently I had to replace my mobile phone (got somehow wet in my bag) for a couple of days with my old one. It was an immemorial Nokia, the first one I got back in 1997, I think. A friend asked me kiddingly if I had by any chance a licence for that “weapon” in my hands…

  • 4 Lars // Jul 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    brings back memories… my grandmother owns a couple of sets of matryoshka dolls… played a lot with it back when i was younger… kyle bean’s concept is not only brilliant, but fun too! i followed the link to his site and found lots of cool creations of him, the guys pretty talented…

  • 5 Büromöbel Team // Jul 13, 2009 at 2:56 am

    nice article 🙂 its always nice to remember how things worked in the past and how they are now working.

    on the other hand, no matter how much the technology changes most things are still working like they always worked and arnt changed a lot even using new technology

    greetz from germany

  • 6 LG Crystalises // Aug 3, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Contradictorily cell phones now also start to grow again, in order to fit those huge touch screens comfortably. Though I agree the medium is not the message, I think we should keep in mind that the medium diversifies and therefores anables different kinds of messages. Moreover the cell phone is not just about messaging or strict communication anymore. It comes to integrate many more separate devices. A new medium might just increase creativity and efficiency of our communication, thus give way to more types of messages. They can be just as crappy, but the crappiness will probably not increase contrary to the possibilities.

  • 7 Inland Properties For Sale in Spain // Aug 17, 2009 at 1:22 am

    I love old mobiles. They are like sci-fi gadgets from the the seventies.