Hear the Call
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Concept

The audience can take a phone. Before taking one, they must first sign a phone contract. The phone also comes with an instruction guide which further outlays phone functions (as seen in images above). These phones are recycled display phones, thrown away from phone shops, or  recycling places, where the electronic insides are removed. The audience is asked to extend their imagination in having a private conversation with a range of imaginary others. This may seem far fetched but talking to ourselves with an array of different hypothesised  characters is a part of our normal everyday internal social process. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation

Interactive 

Roaming

Performance

Sculptures

Your Second Hand

VR Imaginary Friend

Hear the Call

Speecheoke

Your Second Hand

VR Imaginary Friend

Hear the Call

Better Version of Yourself

Speecheoke

Dance Literacy

This is Your Life 

Equal Opportunity 

VR Imaginary Friend

This is Your Life 

Equal Opportunity 

Speecheoke

Dance Literacy

This is Your Life 

Equal Opportunity

Exhibition

Concept Phase

In Development

Sculptures

Your Second Hand

VR Imaginary Friend

Hear the Call

Better Version of Yourself

Speecheoke

Dance Literacy

This is Your Life 

Equal Opportunity 

Better Version of Yourself

This is Your Life

VR Imaginary Friend

Hear the Call

Dance Literacy

Previously Exhibited

Your Second Hand

Speecheoke

Equal Opportunity 

Sculptures

Audience 

A slower quiet private work for a more open thinking, experimental audience. May work best over a longer time frame, in a non crowded  space where people ability to consider engaging, challenge themselves imaginatively and aren't in a huge rush.

 

Ideal to have an attendant present to give audiences information about how the phones work, give them contracts to obtain one and hand over the phone. 

Space

Minimum 3m sq space with a desk or clipboards for participants to sign contracts and display unit to display and store the phones. 

Development

In 2003 in Artschool I made a gravestone (layer of cement on surface and inside lasercut foam) with a corded phone coming out the centre of the gravestone. This gravestone was adhoc put in a graveyard and removed within a day. This work could be seen as a new iteration of the old gravestone piece in 2003. 

OPTIONS

Display Option 1:

One phone is on display with a text next to it instructing the visitor about the functions of the phone and availability to borrow or keep one to use it for intended purposes. Only one phone is for intended for communication with all of the following: the deceased, a better version of yourself, a spiritual entity, a better version of someone you know or a fictional character.

Display Option 2:

Five phones are on display each with text next to them. The text beside each phone states a different function for that phone.

- Phone 1 is intended for phonecalls with the deceased.

- Phone 2 is intended for phonecalls with a spiritual entity.

- Phone 3 is intended for phonecalls with a better version of someone you know.

- Phone 4 is intended for phonecalls with a fictional character.

- Phone 5 is intended for phonecalls with better version of yourself. 

Loaning or Keeping Options

Uncertain if people will borrow the phones for the week and return them like library books or keep them.

This depends on scarcity of the phones, willingness of audience to participate and covid restrictions and figuring out what would gather best results, if people would engage with these phones from loaning them and/or keeping them.

CONTRACTS

A contract is needed for the audience to sign to obtain the phone. 

The contract must include clause that makes the audience responsible for handling the conversations on these phones and the gallery and artist bear no responsibility for any issues  that may arise from interacting with the non-electronic phone. 

The participant can write the names of the individuals they wish to call or be called by on this phone in the contract posessing the phone.

COLLECTION

A box of "dummy display phones" were sent from recycling place easily within a week of ordering. However it may be more difficult to obtain these phones from other places. This remains to be seen.  

I have previously worked for REMIDA - a recycling arts facility in perth. They have great connections to obtaining recycled materials for art and I could certainly try to foster a deal with them in collecting phones through them as part of this work in exchange for TBD. 

TESTING

Several artists have tested this work out and provided feedback in developing the piece. Every person has a completely different experience so far, have not yet found a unified perspective, or voices heard in this work. Some people find it difficult to take seriously and hear near nothing, others have no problem in hearing a voice on the phone instantly. The effectiveness of this work depends entirely on the willingness of the audience. 

RESEARCH

Looking into other phone pieces from Fluxus artists, Blast Theory... most notable is the (non artwork) 2010 "Phone of the Wind" installed in Japan for people to talk to dead loved ones. Thousands have used this phone booth in the last decade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1OVPaGRszU (first minute can be viewed to see how it works) 

Imaginary friend research involves also talking to deceased, to versions of self, to versions of others... for further research on imaginary friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyVAPY9c72M&list=PL97lkKzvX_sAeYwADtMEXTJXGgz7YHqUP&index=8

Benefits

- Challenging the audience to open themselves to their imagination, to animate an inanimate object through anthromophication. 

- Interactive, introspective, intimate pieces for the audience to explore. 

 

Challenges

- Getting enough free or very cheap phone stock for the audience from recycling centres and other places - Deal negotiated with REMIDA would be excellent here.  

- Asking a lot from audiences (psychologically) as participatory work.

- Which audiences wlll realistically engage with a work like this? Is there a time when audiences will be in more receptive to this kind of work? are there better ways to encourage engagement with this work? Perhaps names of people to phone written into the contract will help most in beginning visualisations? What kind of space would suit this work best? Perhaps the attendant talking to the audience about this work needs to be more inviting and can speak to, listen with and lightly encourage the audiences on their level. 

Accomodations for Covid 

This work should be on display live but it could potentially also be an item ordered online.  

Additionally a selected few consenting people (who may or may not want to remain anonymous) could be shown interacting with the phone (sincerely interacting) in a video.