Voice Mail 2001-04

© maria paschalidou 2004

Voice mail 2001-04 is a digital video that combines messages, left on my personal answering machine during the years of 2001-2004, with domestic and exterior video recordings of my residence in Chicago. It includes messages in Greek and English as well as one song in Serbian language.

Voice mail 2001-04 portrays the ‘one way’ type of communication defined by the answering machine as a result of the intentional or the physical absence of the receiver. It is a parade of fragmented stories, incidents, continuities and interruptions of communication created and produced exclusively by the usage of the answering machine. Entering the empty space of the house as well as its surrounding external space, the different each time voices produce a cinematic perspective of multiple daily happenings and narratives.

Video stills





, 1st Athens Biennial «Destroy Athens», AB projects; Athens, July 14-23, 2007. Curators: Dimitris Foutris, Kostas Bassanos

Nuit Blanche Toronto 06, 401 Richmond Cultural Venue; Toronto, Sep. 30- Oct. 1, 2006

When the Other appears on the scene, Onufri 05, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania, Dec. 2005 – Jan. 2006. Curator: Eleni Laperi

Urban flesh and blood, The Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts & ArtExpo International Video art Festival, “Barricade”, Kaliningrad, Russia, Sep. 30, 2005

5th Forum for European Artistic Mobility, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art & Goethe Institute; Thessaloniki, Dec. 17-19, 2004.
Organized by: The State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Centre, Apollonia/European Art Exchanges, ArtBOX, Culture 2000 of the EU