ART: Telephone Art Installation. Brighton, England. Invitation.

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HELLO. HERE ARE SOME......


Details About A New Telematic Art Installation In Brighton, ENGLAND.


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Telephone +44 273 818352 (World)
or (0273) 818352 (Britain)


Open 24 hours a day to telephone calls.
Friday 2nd July - Friday 30th July '93



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1] A SUMMARY


Add your voice to the sound of the crowd. The Disembodied Art Gallery is
proud to present a new telematic art installation. Based in Brighton,
England, this installation is accessible by telephone from anywhere in
the world.


We invite YOU to telephone our answering machine in the gallery and leave
a response to the message you hear there. All messages received at the
gallery will be transferred to a bank of tape loops and will be replayed
all day, every day to the visitors in the gallery. Your telephone
message can be as long, or as short as you wish. Be yourself, talk in a
foreign tongue or even speak in tongues: the choice is yours.


Please give us your voice.



If you wish, we will make you a cassette tape of Babble. To receive a
copy of this tape please send a C46 or a C60 cassette to the address
below:

The Disembodied Art Gallery,
Flat 5, 65 Lansdowne Place,
Hove , BN3 1FL, ENGLAND.


Your tape will be recorded in the gallery on the same day that it arrives,
and will be returned to you by post together with information about this
project. An international reply coupon would be appreciated!


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2] THE GALLERY INSTALLATION

Perhaps the best way of describing this installation is to take you on
an imaginary guided tour into BABBLE. Please walk this way....


You enter the darkened room.

You are, after all, inquisitive.

At the centre of this room is a small pedastel.

A bright red telephone stands on this pedastel.


On either side of this pedastel, on your left and on your right, a large
louspeaker cone hangs from the ceiling, suspended by a thick chain.


Silence.

There is a notice in front of you.

It reads: "Curiosity should always, always be rewarded."

Silence.

It is dark.

You lift the telephone handset and hold it to your ear.

In the earpiece you hear a human voice.

You listen to what it says...


Suddenly, a single, loud voice can be heard in the speaker on your left: a
mesasage in a strange accent.


Then another loud voice appears in the right-hand loudspeaker.


More voices appear, left, then right, then left... until you can no
longer make out the words each person says. A babble

You smile and listen.

You replace the handset on top of the red telephone, on the pedastel.

The voices subside and disapear, one by one.

Silence again.

You have been rewarded.

You exit.



As you may have guessed, the voices that visitors to the gallery hear
will be... your voices, recorded and looped endlessly on a bank of tapre
recorders to create a cacaphony of vocal disturbance, generated by people
like yourself - from throughout the global village.

This is the second telematic art installation to be presented by The
Disembodied Art Gallery. "Telaesthesia": a FAX art installation ran
throughout May 1993 and was supported by 100 contributors from 12
different countries. Up to 1000 people visited the exhibition site each
weekend, and up to 150 people entered the site each weekday.

Both installations attempt to lessen the gap between gallery visitor and
contributing 'artist'. In "Telaesthesia" leaflets in the gallery invited
the public to send in their own artwork and then to return in a few days
to see it hanging on the walls. A similar invitation will be extended
to visitors in "Babble". We hope that this will attract a large
response from people from all walks of life.



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This exhibition is located at VILLAGE SQUARE, BRIGHTON MARINA, BRIGHTON, UK.
It is open from 10.30am to 9.30pm Friday - Monday of each week. In addition
to this installation, the gallery contains paintings, photographs,
sculptures, and furniture made by artists from the county of Sussex. Do
come and visit if you live in the South of England.


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS MESSAGE FREELY IN ANY FORM TO OTHERS.


Thank You.
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