Mar 21st 2015

Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number

@ The Nightingale

1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Saturday, March 21st, from 5PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, March 21st

VGA Gallery is honored to act as the custodians of haunted telephones that only dial one number. The telephones will be available for demonstration and available for auction at the Nightingale microcinema on March 21, 2015. The event runs from 5-10pm. VGA has received this important information from the original caretaker of the phones:

This phone only dials one number correctly: 270-301-5797.

I do not recall how I arrived at that discovery. Dashiell had piercing tinnitus that kept him up nights, and sometimes I would find him come morning hunched wincing over the receiver, dialing away, unsystematic and helpless. Maybe he came across it during one of those nights? I really don’t remember.

A telephone that dials only one number is likely not useful to very many people. To avoid disappointment, please DO NOT place a bid on this telephone if you intend it for any of the following uses:

1. Day-to-day telephone usage — as I have said, it only dials one number.
2. Communicating with the dead — the telephone is not suitable for this purpose.
3. To dissect for curiosity — I have inspected the phone, and its bowels are unremarkable.
4. Repair and resale — I feel that it would be dishonest to suggest this phone can be repaired.

I can recommend that you buy this telephone for:
1. Holding the receiver to your ear to listen to the dial tone and reflect.

thank you for reading,
– your dot

The auction will be supported by live demonstrations of the multi-part video game KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO, special refreshments provided by ARCADE BREWERY, and keepsakes by TINY MISSILE.

Cardboard Computer is the collaborative team comprised of Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy, and Ben Babbitt. They are currently working on Kentucky Route Zero, a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it. Acts I, II, and III of Kentucky Route Zero are available now.

Founded in 2013 in the lively game community of Chicago, Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery seeks to increase cultural appreciation and education about one of the most important mediums of the 21st century — video games –through exhibition, study, and sale. VGA Gallery is owned by VGA Foundation, which is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3).

The Nightingale is a highly collaborative space for experimental media hosting over 50 screenings annually. Partnering with numerous local organizations the Nightingale has provided presentation opportunities to hundreds of artists and thousands of patrons.

Tiny Missile is a special event organization based in Chicago that focuses on indie gaming.

Arcade Brewery is a Chicago-based craft brewery dedicated to creating delicious craft beer inspired by art and community.

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