Over the past two years I have recorded a series of phone calls discussing the nature of art. Each 30 minute conversation is between myself and a paid sex-worker found in the back pages of a local paper. The calls are steered away from my presumed sexual desire and towards a conversation about the individual’s understanding of what art is and its function in the world.
Each call not only brings to mind the complex relationship between two people speaking – but two strangers conversing within a strict set of circumscribed boundaries. One is paid – the other, paying. One participant is meant to satisfy sexual desire, the other to receive contentment. The calls themselves divert these objectives into a more personal conversation that often involves a more intense satisfaction than originally intended. Here, a phone call that is made in the guise of intimacy becomes real intimacy – one human connecting to another through their understanding of art.
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