Christopher Baker

HPVS (Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome) (2009)

Kinetic Sensory Sculpture

HPVS (Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome) is a kinetic sculpture that considers the subtle, often-subconscious ways that mobile communication technologies shape our senses. The title references the recently discovered Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome–a syndrome wherein mobile phone users become hyper-attentive to their mobile devices, often experiencing phantom ringing sensations even in the absence of incoming calls or messages. This work carefully orchestrates the vibrations of a collection of mobile phones to produce a familiar yet quietly-disturbing cacophony.



Custom Hardware, Custom Software, Mobile Phones


Variable. Typical 6 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft


HPVS is is a commission of Northern Lights’ Art(ists) On the Verge program with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation. Additional support provided by the McKnight Foundation, the Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Significant support for creative time and travel provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Program.

HPVS was created while in residency at the Kitchen Budapest.

Special thanks to LG Hungary for the mobile phone donation.

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