I was most compelled by Jon Horvath’s video piece titled “Conversations”. To me this piece spoke to the exhibition as a whole. The idea of a conversation was embedded in the interactions, or lack thereof, that occurred between each piece and pieces. The idea of a conversation or dialogue between art works was of great intrigue to me and made the exhibition what it is. In responding to this notion I wanted to create literal dialogue between the works that would be presented for our exhibition. In opposition the complicated or dramatic dialogue that Horvath presents I wanted to simplify the communication. The communication that I am prompting is about art and also in response to art. It was important for me to keep the playfulness that exists in Horvath’s work while providing a realistic, physical, and interactive experience that can be defined as a conversation between, about, that is in itself a work of art.
What better way to do this than with phones? I set out on creating two phones that would exist on separate ends of the gallery and be connected exclusively to each other. I figured out how to wire them together into an intercom system and essentially created what I like to call “artistic toys for adults”. As this idea progressed I developed some signage that could prompt people to use these phones and perhaps add some humor to them as well.