Aliza Shvarts: Hotline
September 1, 2020 - January 23, 2021
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
Hotline is an interactive performance by 2019-2020 A.I.R. Fellow Aliza Shvarts that takes on the format of the voicemail tree. Building on Shvarts’ current practice, which focuses on the power of testimony and the circulation of speech in the digital age, Hotline explores the voice as both a metonym of the body and metaphor for political agency. Beginning with a toll-free phone number that can be dialed from any phone, this asynchronous performance allows participants to choose from set options to advance a “choose your own adventure”-type narrative. At the very end of the experience, participants have the option of leaving an anonymous message—which will be made public as documentation of the performance.