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Dial A for Whispers - Look Again Festival

Updated: Jul 18, 2018


Dial A for Whispers - Talk is Cheap was a performance piece displayed during the Look Again Art weekender. While I did not draft the idea for the performance I was a willing and eager participant! The structure of the piece was simple:

1.

The audience pick a book, chose a word and relay it to Daria ( the performer). She is the last person to know the word and acts it out the best she can without using any sound.

2.

Using only Daria's performance as stimulus Indie then did his best to sculpt what he thought the word was. A maximum of 1 minute was to be spent making the sculpture. This was passed onto the next person.

3.

This is where I come in! From Indie's sculpture I was to make a drawing describing what I thought the word was.

4.

From my drawing AND Indie's sculpture the final artist, Naomi, was to print-make her interpretation of the word.

And that's it! Usually, just like Chinese Whispers, the word was completely lost in translation but the outcomes were interesting none-the-less.


The performance discussed a number of difficult topics - namely concerns for the way in which art was to be produced. Our current rate of accelerationism has created a requirement for each artist to be trained in many disciplines. This piece described that by attempting to be a jack of all trades we were simply a master of none and much of our skills and abilities require time, effort and patience to exist. These things are not given enough value in our current world of over stimulation and mass production where we seek instant satisfaction - both at work and in leisure time.


The performance discussed a number of difficult topics - namely concerns for the way in which art was to be produced. Our current rate of accelerationism has created a requirement for each artist to be trained in many disciplines. This piece described that by attempting to be a jack of all trades we were simply a master of none and much of our skills and abilities require time, effort and patience to exist. These things are not given enough value in our current world of over stimulation and mass production where we seek instant satisfaction - both at work and in leisure time.

Each finished "word" and it's response were displayed within the venue for the public to view and leave comment on.



This was my first real attempt at performance art as well as art that was reliant on - and swayed by - the audience.


Sculptures by Nefeli Chrysanthou


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