Rachel Ossip

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In church, confessional creates a distinct form of private disclosure marked by anonymity. How can one create a similar space for intimate dialogue with a stranger outside of a religious context? Is it possible to sustain such a conversation?

Each day a new voice message was recorded through a Google Voice account, to which this number connects. The message prompts the caller with a brief anecdote and leading questions, asking for responses through voicemail. The month-long project provided space for continued dialogue between unknown parties, and instigated participants to question their interpersonal connections.

Cards and pull-tab fliers were anonymously distributed and hidden in public places around Providence, RI, such as public libraries and bookstores, drugstores, university libraries and campus areas, bus stations, etc.

Past messages and responses (transcription and audio) are logged and posted on a documentary website.