Hello Machines (interactive vintage telephones) will be placed in Geelong Regional Libraries’ branches during the Heritage Festival. People will be invited to use the Hello Machine as a way to have their personal memories of Geelong recorded and saved for future generations.
Upon picking up the receiver, participants will talk to an ‘Interactive Voice Response Chat Bot’, who will prompt them with questions about their memories of Geelong. These memories will be added to a repository that will then be accessible through using the ‘Hello Geelong’ payphone booth, which will be located at Ki-kirri-ngitj – ground floor Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.
Through the Hello Geelong project, artist Rachel Hanlon hopes to capture the memories and stories of the people of Geelong, within a shared collective project that will become a living and breathing archive, nuanced by the actual voices of its storytellers – the people of Geelong.
Hello Machines will be located at Belmont and Leopold libraries and at Kim barne thaliyu – Level 3 Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. A phone booth will be located at Ki-kirri-ngitj – ground floor Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.