Listening to the selections below in 1998 thru computer speakers or
headphones is not the same as dialing the number and hearing it in one
ear through the phone's handset in 1978.
So use your imagination.
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July 2, 1978. Diane
Spodarek. Noted performance artist, Dangerous Diane, produced this
evocative essay regarding a late night interview with a visiting artist,
possibly Vito Acconci.
"Potentially Dangerous." 3:15 minutes.
July 16, 1978. Lynn Farnsworth - describes a spiral in Detroit
"Street Directions" 3 min
July 30, 1978. Larry Pike. A symmetrical composition composed of
variations of the words "Now is the time for all good men to come to the
aid of their party" produced by Jim Minx on his Votrax Human Voice Synthesizer.
"Seven in the Mirror." 2:10 minutes.
August 13, 1978. Bill Graham. A stand-still journey through the time-shaped
terrain of Michigan.
"Michigan Displacements." 1:01 minutes.
September 14, 1978. Jay Yager.
An existential meditation on the prerecorded phone message as art.
"Detroit Connection". 3:23 minutes.
Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts.
March 18, 1979. Ken Friedman.
This Fluxus artist managed to make one machine do the work of many by stringing
several short messages on one tape but rigging it so that successive callers
each got only one in sequence. Many of the messages are reworked "events"
composed years earlier.
"Scrub Piece" ,16 sec.
"Zen Vaudeville" , 11 sec.
"Christmas Tree Event" , 33 sec.
"Performance Over" , 6 sec.
"Mandatory Happening" , 36 sec.
"Applaud a Stranger" , 15 sec.
April 15, 1979. Dana Atchley. This
"on-the-road" media artist renders a collection of citizens' band radio
nicknames into a cross section of the American landscape.
"Blacktop Handles" 1:58 minutes.
Copyrights to all of the works linked above belong to the artists who
created them. All rights reserved. 1998.