projects > Touch Telephone

Inspired by Two Stage Transfer Drawings by Dennis Oppenheim and the scores of Pauline Oliveros, Touch Telephone is an evolving composition using touch as medium. Participants sit in a circle of hands on backs, wearing blindfolds and earplugs. With clouded sight and sound, the task is to complete a linear circuit determined by one anothers’ transmission of the touch. So far, Touch Telephone has existed at Harold Arts in Chesterhill, OH, Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC, and TxRx, Write Clique, and with Girl Band in Houston, TX. Lavender blindfolds were made in collaboration with Emily Ensminger, Hospitality Curator at Elsewhere, and remain in the collection as sleep masks. Documentation was provided by Jessie Martin.