Hey guys!! On 1st October, all the phone boxes in Hull rang at precisely 14:00 as part of an event, imagining what it would be like 80 years on from now in Hull in 2097. I was lucky enough to pick up the phone in the telephone box that’s local to me and a girl called Hessa talked to me about what it was like to live in the future. As a follow up event to the phone calls, a screen was set up in a location near one of the phone boxes and 5 short films that linked in with Hessa’s phone call were shown on them. The event was devised by blast theory and I’m very grateful to them for setting up this unique event. So in today’s post, I’m going to be describing what it was like receiving the phone call from 2097 and giving you my honest opinion of it.
Waiting inside the phone box and hoping it would ring, I had no idea what to expect. It’s not often I think really far ahead into the future and I was feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness. Suddenly, the clear tone of the phone rang out and I rushed to answer it. “Hello? Hello?” The voice of a girl could be heard and after trying to talk back to her, I quickly realised she was talking in general to all the people who’d answered the phone call and not me personally. She told me she was glad I was there and introduced herself as being called Hessa and told me she was living in the year 2097. She then asked if I could use the phone box numbers to type how old I was and what year I was living in. Hessa went on to describe what Hull had become like 80 years in the future. Robots were in control now and the city had completely lost its heart and everything that made it unique. She asked me to press the button ‘1’ if I agreed that she should start again and rebuild Hull from scratch. Our conversation came back to 2017 when she asked me to close my eyes and think of someone I wanted a future for. Hessa then told me to blink and as I blinked, to dream. She told me she wanted me to go back out into the world and see it differently; to see everything that made it unique and special especially so in Hull. Finally she told me to slowly say my name and phone number and promised to be in touch soon. Just like that, she hung up and it was all over.
The follow up event to the phone call from 2017 happened on 8th October for a location near me. The 5 films that were shown were about 3 teenage girls (one of whom was Hessa) who had to make a decision that would affect Hull as a whole as well as members from her own family. The future of the city relied on their ability to embrace the unknown, face the future and act. Everything from the scenery around the characters to their clothes felt really futuristic and although I found it quite hard to follow at times, I really applaud Blast theory for creating such a work of film art.
Stepping into 2097 through a telephone call was such a cool event idea and I would definitely say this event has been one of my favourites so far this year. I felt a real connection to Hessa just from talking to her on the phone for 10 minutes. Maybe it’s because we are both teenagers who originate from Hull who are trying to make a difference for our city although we’re doing it in very different ways. If you would like to speak with Hessa on the phone like I did just dial 01482502097 from any Hull phone throughout October.
Thank you for reading this post!! What do you think the world will be like in 80 years? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull