Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number
Presented by Video Game Art Gallery
Saturday, March 21, $5
Doors open from 5-10 pm
Program and Live Auction starts at 7 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
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 auction for a limited time at the Nightingale. VGA has received this important information from the original caretaker of the phones:
SOLD AS-IS, FOR CURIOSITY ONLY
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
At 7pm a special live auction program will commence and consist of:
1. Live demonstrations performed by Cardboard Computer
2. The auction of a weird and haunted telephone, administered by VGA Gallery
3. A grand finale performed by musician Ben Babbit.
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).
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