Landmarks Video: "Karaoke Wrong Number" by Rachel Perry Welty

Rachel Perry Welty's signature work "Karaoke Wrong Number" (2001–04 and 2005–09) showcases the “business of living" through the purposeful, facilitative transmission of messages. She wears a plain white t-shirt as she lip-synchs to messages accidentally left on her telephone answering machine. In one message, a nun calls to tell a priest that the choir could not possibly rehearse in a space because it was too dusty. With another, John Fodds from Big Fat Logos in Utah informs a couple that their nativity set is ready for pickup. As in her previous work, Welty recycles found media, but rather than reusing physical objects, she appropriates auditory material in the form of others’ words.

Videos are screened at the media station in the Art Building located on the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Adjacent to art history classrooms and the Visual Arts Center galleries, the media station is in an open atrium that provides stadium seating for viewing. Headsets to optimize sound may be checked out from the Visual Arts Center reception desk during operating hours.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:00am to 9:00pm

Art Building (ART), Atrium E. 23rd St. and San Jacinto Boulevard

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


College of Fine Arts, Landmarks

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public





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