THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Rachel Perry Welty

BORN 1962 | TOKYO, JAPAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Karaoke Wrong Number, 2001–2004
Video on DVD
6:52 minutes
Edition 1 of 25
Gift of Sheryl Marshall and Howard Salwen


Rachel Perry Welty’s video shows a frontal head and shoulders view of the artist herself lip-synching to messages left in error on her telephone answering machine. Welty uses expert timing and facial gesturing and maintains a priceless deadpan expression during the intervals between messages. Karaoke Wrong Number reveals the simultaneous connections and disconnections of contemporary life, where technology both assists and impedes communication. Welty was a finalist for the 2006 James and Audrey Foster Prize.

 


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