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The MintoPhone is a hacked loudhailer which connects to an iPhone. The iPhone speaks text including Twitter feeds through computer voice generators, and can also play music and sound files through the loudhailer.

It is named after veteran human rights protestor John Minto, in response to his recent arrest and the police confiscation of his loudhailer for alleged disorderly behaviour during a protest against the participation of Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer at the ASB Classic Tennis Tournament.

Minto and seven others will appear in the Auckland District Court this Thursday 1st April to face charges. Minto also had his loudhailer confiscated during his 1981 anti Springbok tour protests, which was destroyed by police before it was returned.

The artist's wider art project titled 'Being John Minto' includes the modified megaphone painted in the colours of the Palestinian flag, a series of public performances, a Twitter feed on the artist's website, a Facebook group, and the charity auction of the MintoPhone on TradeMe.

The artist intends these to provide platforms for public discussion and debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights including the right to protest, and the relationship between politics and sport. Proceeds from the sale of the MintoPhone will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Public comments can made here using the question and answer function, and on Facebook and Twitter:

To celebrate the launch, the artist will be performing with the MintoPhone at undisclosed locations around central Auckland on Thursday 1st April from 9am until 12pm using sound generated from the text of Minto's court submission, public comments on Minto's recent protest sampled from internet blogs, live comments from the Twitter feed and Facebook group and selected music.

For more information on 'Being John Minto' see:
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