‘mise en abyme’ appearing as part of Telephone, an online art project

As part of an international online art project titled Telephone, I wrote a prose-poetry text in response to an image by Norwegian  photographer Stig Marlon Weston. The project goes live on Monday 20th April 2015. It includes work in a range of media, from participants across the planet.

In our game of TELEPHONE, we whispered the message from art form to art form. So the message could become poetry, then a painting, then music, then film, and so on. Each artist was only aware of the work of art that directly preceded her or his own. Each artist received a work and was told to translate the message into the language of his or her own art form.

The other twist was that when an artist sent back their interpretive work, we then “whispered” it to two or three other artists. Instead of progressing in a single, straight line, our game of TELEPHONE branched out exponentially like a family tree. This interactive, online exhibition presents 315 original and interconnected works in 18 different art forms, created specifically for this experiment by artists from 159 cities in 42 countries. And it all originated with a single message.

My text, ‘mise en abyme’, is a series of fragments of possible or potential narratives. It began with me writing up associations prompted by the image, and then developed via chance and constraint operations, before an editing stage that sought to emphasise ‘story’ aspects of each paragraph.

A direct link to ‘mise en abyme’