Joe Sweeney’s most ambitious work to date - +44 ‘Leave a Message for Europe’ is a 28 day long interactive, site-specific and simultaneous digital installation, which seeks to create a poignant, diverse and historically significant vocal representation of the public’s hopes and fears surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The installation encourages the participation of the general public, who are invited to recording their feelings as answer phone messages during the final fours weeks’ countdown to Brexit. The project, named after Britain’s international dialling code, centers around a sculpture, inspired by the 1990s BT telephone box, installed on Dungeness beach, Kent, the most south-easterly point of the UK and it’s only desert. The sculpture will act as a beacon - a nostalgic call to action, encouraging public participation in a project that addresses an event largely fuelled itself by nostalgia.
For the duration of its installation, the physical sculpture will be filmed and live-streamed via a corresponding website (www.leaveamessage4europe.com), opening up the channels of communication beyond its physical location. Visitors to the digital counterpart, will be prompted to call and leave a message. Recordings will form the project’s vocal archive, accessible both throughout the 28 ‘live’ days of the project, and later remaining as a permanently accessible time capsule of this pivotal moment in history.
“The human voice is the most powerful form of communication, in which tonality is key. By recording messages for Europe, I want to capture the humanity of the general public, and the voices that I feel have been lost to the debate surrounding Brexit. I believe this archive has an important role to play in our understanding of this moment as we experience it now, and when looking back in the future.” - Joe Sweeney
HOW TO LEAVE YOUR MESSAGE FOR EUROPE:
• Go to www.leaveamessage4europe.com
• Press the phone icon in the top right hand of the screen
• Enter your details
• Leave your message for Europe!
+44... LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR EUROPE IS SUPPORTED USING PUBLIC FUNDING BY THE NATIONAL LOTTERY THROUGH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COB GALLERY
IMAGE: +44 Sculptural installation, Dungeness