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Together, apart

To telephone - that means „talking to each other, whilst distant from each other, using a telephone“. We can see whether someone is on the phone, by looking at the phone in their hand. The phone itself therefor became the symbol of phoning. Since it is possible to make calls using a headset, this symbol gradually becomes invisible, and one has to wonder if the phone might exist as an icon for making calls any longer. There is also the question if there is any need for a symbolism that only represents one part of the whole procedure of making a call.From this point of view, different people came up with gestures for „talking to each other, whilst distant from each other (via telephone)“. We are present and absent, both within our dialogue, as well as to our environment.Figuratively, the digital world may bring us closer together, whilst at the same time it may separate us from each other.