Monday, April 27, 2015
Do you remember playing "telephone" when you were little? Sitting in a line or circle, someone whispers a word or message in your ear and then you whisper what you thought you heard into the next person's ear. This goes on until you get to the end and the last person says out loud what she thinks she just heard, which is usually quite different from the original message. It is a fun game and entertaining to see how the original message evolves.
I recently played this game again as an adult, only this time I played it with other artists from around the world in an international game of "Telephone" organized by Nathan Langston from Satellite Collective.
The message started out with the Breton Fisherman's Prayer: “Oh God, Thy Sea is So Great and My Boat is So Small.” This was sent out to three different artists, then on to other artists until it reached 315 of us from around the world. Each artist only saw the piece before hers and then she rendered what she thought the message was in her own medium: film, sculpture, photography, prose, etc. It is so interesting to follow the different paths from one work to another!
The "telephone line" that I was a part of followed the prayer and then focused primarily on humanity in the form of a woman's body and skulls and in the end offered a sense of hope- or at least that is what I got from the painting before mine!
Have fun following the telephone lines to see what other artists created! Follow this link to Telephone: An International Arts Experiment!
Size: 12" x 16"
Media: Original digital composition