10 weeks 10 artists 10 hours
Chinese Whispers is based on the children’s game where one phrase is whispered around a circle, and the process of cumulative error results in a completely changed phrase at the end of the circle.
It is a project that playfully lays bare the connections between artists, which may be based on social ties, work-related, or otherwise. Chinese Whispers is simultaneously an exploration of (mis)communication processes, of language, politics and translation, and of humorous incongruities. It is an extrapolation of the way nationalmuseum positions itself, as analytical and interested in reflexive processes without however accepting academic limitations.
nationalmuseum will commission a single artist to make a work specifically for the event. This may take any form (performance, film, printed matter, painting, drawing etc). The only specifications are that the work will react to the title and its problematic connotations and that the production process may take no longer than 1 week. This artist will then nominate another artist to translate his/her work into another work (i.e. without the necessity of reacting to the title) and will, if possible, bring the work to the nominated artist.
The second artist will then, after completing the translation, bring the work he/she reacted to, to nationalmuseum, and will hand over his/her work to the artist he/she nominated. This process will repeat itself until 10 artists have completed works. Each participant will thus react to another artist’s work, made specifically for the show. Under this simple set of rules it is unknown and unpredictable both who the participating artists will be and how their works will relate.
The results will be presented in a 10-hour show.