I was going through my old folders and I found this little guy. I made This Motorola DynaTAC Plushie in 2010 for a small exhibition called Insert Coin Here.
Insert Coin Here explored alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of ‘fashion dialogue’.
This was my submission and I had a blast making it.
DynaTAC Plushie 2010.
Before the iPhone, before the Blackberry, before emails, there was the Motorola BRICK!
With the fax machine becoming gradually more affordable, the people of 1983 were looking for something new. iPods weren’t invented, and it was going to be several years before Sony had a Portable CD player with Electronic Skip Protection.
Retailing for about $4000, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000 was the hottest thing out, being cavorted about by Wall Street wheelers and dealers, corporate big wigs and Michael Douglas in ‘Wall Street’.
Gemma Patford’s take on the DynaTAC 8000 is similar on many levels. The call quality is poor, and it’s still sans email and instant messaging.