1-888-DISSENT, is a curated show of audio-based
artwork. In keeping within our tradition of unique exhibition spaces and
public access to contemporary artwork, 1-888-DISSENT will presented via
a toll free telephone number and a voice mail system. The audience will
be able to call 1-888-DISSENT and navigate a voice mail system in order
to hear up to 20 sound sculptures, experimental musical compositions and
text based pieces. This show will consist of local and national talent
who will be selected through juried proposals.1-888-DISSENT will be the
first major exhibit of audio-based artwork in the city of Philadelphia.
Dissentia believes that the combination of audio-based artwork, the use
of the telephone as a conduit and an exhibition space that exists within
a voice mail system will make a unique and vital art event. Audio-based
artwork is a difficult art form to fully appreciate in a traditional gallery
setting, the work demands many things from a listener: a setting where
there is no other noise interference, uninterrupted attention and specific
lengths of time to fully hear the piece. The telephone is a perfect conduit
for audio-based work, it is a private space which will allow intimate
contact with the artwork. The telephone will also allow access to the
show at any time of day and wherever a listener chooses to hear the work.
The use of a voice mail system is not just a convenient tool for transmitting
the artwork, it is a tool that is analogous with corporate information
and technical support services and the least likely place to find and
art exhibition. By utilizing a voice mail system as an exhibition space,
1-888-DISSENT will take a familiar setting and transform it into a surprising,
critical and unique art forum.
Dissentia's past shows have been produced solely by the curators and on
minimal or non-existent budget. 1-888-DISSENT will require technical equipment
outside of our means, thus, the 5 county arts fund will help cover the
cost of a PC voice mail system, the purchasing of a toll free telephone
number, printing, mailing and administrative costs.
The first step in realizing 1-888-DISSENT is placing
ads soliciting proposals from nationwide artists in various print and
on-line art magazines. Once the proposals are received we will be jurying
the work with the assistance of a curator more familiar with audio-based
artwork. As the voice mail system is being prepared and tested our publicity
campaign will begin with the contact of the local and national media.
The street level publicity, which will include the use of posters, stickers,
local news coverage and the potential of advertisements on buses and trains,
will begin approximately two weeks prior to our launch date. The anticipated
date for opening 1-888-DISSENT is April 2003.
Various components of the voice mail system will allow us to measure the
success of our project. We will be able to log the number of calls received
by 1-888-DISSENT and will be providing a feedback mailbox on the system.
Along with audio feedback, the system will direct listeners to our website
www.dissentia.com in order for them to leave contact information.
Contemporary art has the potential to inspire, enlighten and motivate
the public. If access to new and challenging art is limited to just galleries
and museums, a critical part of the general public will not be able to
have that experience. Public Art exists to fill this void, however, new
and challenging practices of art have a difficult time being placed in
that realm. By examining the potentials of non-traditional exhibition
spaces, Dissentia is looking to broaden the definition of Public Art.