The Operator – by Ed Myers

Many people today enter contacts into their smart phones and rarely recall that number again. In the early days of telecommunication, switchboard operators memorized the entire phone directory, had extreme communication skills and could multitask with ease. An Operator is essentially an obsolete job now, but they were an important step to connecting the world.

Switchboard operators most likely had no idea they were about to rapidly change the way the world communicated in the ways we do today. If you were to tell them then that telephones would eventually become a portable device that would serve as an encyclopedia, interactive map, telephone and radio they would call you crazy.

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Ed’s “Pro et contra” collection represents technology weaving in and out of practicality as technology evolves. From Loading, where he questions how computers can slow the simplest task to a crawl, to The Operator where he suggests we are losing memory functions within our brains. Even the frames (which Ed designed) with the reversed corners, were part of his intent. By not smoothly transitioning into a corner, they support the back and forth questioning of technology and how it’s not necessarily evolving in a straight line that serves to our advantage.