"Overbody" was a project done with support from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979 that used a WATS telephone 1-800 number as an "alternative space". It was created by an arts collective called "Senoj". A previous print project called "BEO" was done in a similar fashion by the same group using the US Mail as the contribution system. The book was published by Nexus Press in Atlanta, GA in 1977 and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Overbody was mixed at ZBS Studios in Fort Edward, NY, by Roma Baran, Laurie Anderson's audio engineer. Overbody has not been heard in over 30 years. As a technical/social media work it predates remote controls, personal computers, cellphones, the Internet, and multimedia. The visual for it was done in 2012 by Darryl Vance for Internet display only. The original was produced as an audio cassette and the cover art and credits are at the end of the video.
The title "Overbody" refers to the media environment that covers the planet.
If you contributed to the original project we would love to hear from you. Voices that we can identify include Cindy Kuper, Frank Lacey, Kathy Jones, Lisa Frank, and Greg Card.
We encourage viewers to sample, remix and otherwise use this material in new works via the Creative Commons license.
Ben Howell Davis, George Hemphill and Darryl Vance (Senoj, Overbody producers, 1977).