This week kicked off a game of sorts between artists that references the childhood game of Telephone. I had played it under a different name, Whisper down the lane. (Other handles the game is known under include Chinese Whispers, Grapevine, Broken Telephone, Gossip, Arab Phone, and probably played around the world under many more names.)
The basic concept is the same – someone whispers a phrase to their
neighbor and so on, down a line of people. At the end of the line, the
phrase is said out loud and giggles ensue as it has been radically
changed from person to person along the line.
Titled "7 Days, 7 Artists, 7 Rings", the project began with a painting by Rebecca Campbell, titled "Wake Them When It's Over",
painted in response to
the headline, "Wake Them When It's Over", by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post , where the project is being hosted (all images pictured here were sourced from the main project page).
Then yesterday, poet Nicole Walker responded to Campbell's painting with "This is not a poem".
Campbell and Walker, both from originally from Mormon families in Salt Lake City, became friends – flash forward 25 years and you've got a project spawned by a lifetime of correspondence and collaboration between the two artists.
Confused? The Huffington Post sorts it out for us, "Each week the painter and the poet will create a work of art to begin
the game. Each week they'll then invite 5 more artists from a variety of
disciplines –writers, artists, musicians, etc.– to join the
conversation by making a work in turn, just as in a game of telephone.
Artists will have 24 hours to respond to a previous artist's work or
"Ring". Everyday on the arts page, you will see a new work of art
branded as 7 rings."
Today is day 3 and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, has uploaded "Rebecca's Dream" (pictured left)
This process will continue with a new response being inspired by the work of art posted the day before (poem, painting, song, sculpture, …).
Every 24 hours, 7 days a week a new response will be posted. The game is planned to go on for 60 days, but with the amount of support already surrounding this project, it could go on indefinitely.
Be sure to check in every day here.