Call me – An audio work by Graham Flood. Part of my absence series.
From October 1998 through to June 1999 stickers were attached to numerous public phone boxes in Belfast, Liverpool and beyond. The stickers read “I’d love to hear your voice so call me – Tel 01232 877 414”. I had a telephone line installed, connected an answering machine and recorded my greeting “Please leave your voice after the beep”. The device captured a wide range of messages, from emotional cries for help, calls from family and friends, one of which has sadly passed away, through to sexual propositions, frightening promises of severe beatings, shootings and the occasional death threat. Following are the results, from highlights to dark shadows.