315 times a whisper

May 1, 2015

Satellite Collective - TelephoneYesterday’s post mentioned ekphrasis, in which the paintings of Jacob Lawrence served as inspiration for poems. Today’s post continues the theme with TELEPHONE, a project of the Satellite Collective in New York.

Based on the child’s game in which one person whispers a word or phrase to the next person, then it travels around the circle and is spoken aloud (often to great hilarity), this “game” invited its first participants to respond, in their chosen medium, to a Breton fisherman’s prayer, “Oh God thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.” From there, additional artists and writers responded to that person’s interpretation, and so on.

The results are presented in a beautifully conceived website that “presents 315 original and interconnected works in 18 different art forms, created specifically for this experiment by artists from 159 cities in 42 countries.” Enjoy.

Want more on ekphrastic poetry? Watch “Pintura/Palabra: Poetry Inspired by Art,” a talk by poets Brenda Cárdenas and Valerie Martínez on the Library of Congress website.


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