If Your Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me
With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson
In conjunction with Itself Not So
Curated by Rachel Valinsky
Lisa Cooley Gallery
If Your Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me is an installation, research initiative, and performance by Research Service, developed for the exhibition Itself Not So, curated by Rachel Valinsky at Lisa Cooley Gallery. We approach aphasia not only as a neurological condition, but also as something that occurs through the effects of power and processes of socialization and atomization. We propose that aesthetic activities, social engagement, and new technologies might assist aphasic subjects to recover lost voices or invent new ones.
Research Service conducted daily interviews throughout the duration of Itself Not So. These interviews took the form of short oral questionnaires executed by robotic avatars. To participate, visitors filled out one of the cards provided with their name, phone number, and an approximate time they would like to be called. New interviews were broadcast daily in the gallery at 4pm.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Research Service presented a lecture-performance on August 28th to report the findings of If Your Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me.
Rachel Valinsky, “Itself Not So,” Avant, January 1, 2015
Samuel Draxler, “Itself Not So at Lisa Cooley,” New York Performance Artists Collective, August 18, 2014
Thomas Micchelli, “A Fundamental Rupture: ‘Itself Not So’ at Lisa Cooley,” Hyperallergic, August 16, 2014
Karen Rosenberg, “Lisa Cooley Displays ‘Itself Not So,’” New York Times, August 14, 2014