Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

Skip Navigation

INVITATION FROM GERMAINE KOH

Do you enjoy conversation?

My name is Germaine Koh and I am an artist looking for volunteer participants for an art project running January 6 to February 2 in Grande Prairie during the Here Now or Nowhere exhibition.

The project “Call” makes telephone connections between strangers, as a sort of open-ended experiment in how anonymous individuals interact, and a means of making unexpected connections between real people, without pre-determined goals. It uses a telephone that I have modified so that it each time the handset is lifted, the phone randomly dials one of the project participants. The phone will be physically located at the Rabbit Hole Bookstore in Downtown Grande Prairie.

I am looking for volunteer participants in the Grande Prairie area who are willing to receive phone calls on your own telephone during the exhibition, and (attempt to) have phone conversations with the stranger on the other end of the line. No particular skills, background or cultural knowledge are required – just a willingness to talk. You may speak whatever languages you can. Your conversations will not be monitored in any way, and your identity will be kept completely anonymous.

The phone will be in operation during the Rabbit Hole’s business hours,10 AM to 7PM Monday to Saturday and 12 PM to 5PM on Sunday. Over the course of the exhibition, you will likely encounter a variety of people and personalities. Based on previous presentations and the number of volunteers involved, you will likely receive no more than a few phone calls per day. The amount of time you end up devoting to any conversation depends completely upon your own schedule and inclination, and if sometimes you are unavailable, you should not feel obligated to answer the phone.

The project has been presented a number of times: in 2006 at ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Arts) in San Jose and in a solo exhibition of my work at the Ottawa Art Gallery; in 2007 at MKG127 Gallery in Toronto, and in 2008 at Queen’s University in Kingston and Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver.

To participate or if you have further questions, please email rsteven@prairiegallery.com or call 780-532-8111 ext.103. You can read more about the project and get more information about my work at germainekoh.com.