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Feb 5, 2020

Burning Man is known for its massive, Instagram-friendly art installations that are a stark contrast to the beige, desert backdrop. There are also many smaller projects, labors of love that can easily get lost. In this installment, THE INTERSECTION discovers one of them. To the naked eye, it looks like an old phone on a dusty table. Curious folks at Burning Man pick up the receiver. What awaits them on the other end is totally unexpected.

Thr project is The Phone Experiment™; it's the creation of David Cooper, a coder-slash- comedian who lives in San Francisco. He was kind enough to give us access to more than 24-hours of recorded conversations.

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Producer: David Boyer
Editors: Ben Trefny, Lisa Morehouse, Gabe Grabin
Engineer: Gabe Grabin
Music: Erik Pearson
Associate Producer: Jonathan Davis

Special thanks to the Pigmalions, Versed, BMIR and all the peeps who shared a moment and/or a story.

Produced with the technical and emotional support of KALW, and the financial support of SF Arts Commission and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the NEH.