TELEPHONE: An International Arts Experiment

TELEPHONE: An International Arts Experiment

20th April 2015
Satellite Collective
New York City, NY, USA / Worldwide

TELEPHONE works just like the children’s game of the same name. Also called Operator, Grapevine, Phonebook, Ear-To-Ear, TELEPHONE is simple. One person comes up with a message and whispers it to another person. 
That person whispers to the next person. As the whispered message travels through it the sequence of players, 
the message changes, it evolves, it surprises. 

In our game of TELEPHONE, we whispered the message from art form to art form. So the message could become poetry, then a painting, then music, then film, and so on. Each artist was only aware of the work of 
art that directly preceded her or his own. Each artist received a work and was told to translate the message into the language of his or her own art form. 

The other twist was that when an artist sent back their interpretive work, we then “whispered” it to two or three other artists. Instead of progressing in a single, straight line, our game of TELEPHONE branched out exponentially like 
a family tree. This interactive, online exhibition presents 315 original and interconnected works in 18 different art forms, created specifically for this experiment by artists from 159 cities in 42 countries. 
And it all originated with a single message. 

Find full statement and pictures here

Read full article about TELEPHONE and the exhibition on The New York Times.

Glad to take part in TELEPHONE.
Great work from Satellite Collective and everyone who has participated in years.

                                                                                                    Still from High Set, photography, 2012

“Oh God thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.“
— Breton Fisherman’s Prayer