The novel “The Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk opens with the line “It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it.” Our project takes its cue from this opening line of text, in order to explore a sense of sound, voice and the notion of memory by asking participants to interview people about their happiest experience in life.
Like the “Telephone” game, where you send a message around a circle of people and see how it is transformed, this project takes the spoken word, interprets in through visual art, and again through writing and then finally through the spoken word.
This is a collaborative version which translates a series of messages to sixteen visual responses by art and design students enrolled in Parsons, the New School for Design. They respond in the form of sculptural shadow boxes or wonder cabinets, these are then shared with students enrolled in the New School for Drama (play writes, directors and actors) who create written responses to the wonder cabinets in the form of monologues, which are then given to actors and performers who then interpret the text, finally translating it all back to the spoken word.
Below is a list of each of the wonder cabinets created for this project. As the project evolves over the course of the semester these pages will be updated with photos, videos and text as collaborators develop their project.