Everyone knows the game of Telephone. Simply its name invokes memories of giggles and whispered phrases from ear to ear with the breath of your friends tickling the hair on your neck as you try to make out what they said and then pass it on as best you could. The results were almost always nothing like the original, but always surprising and amazing. Children and adults alike have played this game for years.
But what if this game was played not with spoken words, but with art? Originally, the project was the concept of a New York-based art group known as the Satellite Collective. They handled the administrative aspect, making sure that artists only saw the work that preceded theirs, and asked the artists to interpret the piece they received into their own art form, whether it was poetry, painting, short story, music or even film. Mr. Covey, Hebron Academy’s Director of Library and Information Services, participated in the original global project put on by Satellite Collective, and immediately began thinking of how to make it work at Hebron.
Displayed here is the collection of the work of Hebron students and faculty, and the telephone ‘trail’ they followed. See if you can pick up on the threads woven through each of their masterful interpretations of the original piece, and marvel at how different each thread can be.