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I Overheard Two People…

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Kunstverein NY is pleased to present the first New York joint exhibition of Carla Herrera-Prats and Tyler Rowland, an investigation into the nature of collaboration and communication. I Overheard Two People Striking Up A Conversation About The Injustice of Working Together activates the work and relationship between Alexander Graham Bell, well known as the inventor of the telephone, and his assistant Thomas Watson, who both resided in the Boston area.

After working together for two years, Bell and Watson filed the first telephone patent on February 14, 1876 amid much controversy, hours before another inventor, Elisha Gray, filed claim for a similar device. One month later, Bell successfully placed the first telephone call to his assistant with the invitation, “Mr. Watson—come here…I want you.”

I overheard two people… transfers the aural experience of the telephone into a variety of sensorial media, including a participatory kite flying performance on February 14th to open the exhibition, and in homage to Elisha Gray, or history’s “second best”; and On March 18th, the artists’ partners will commemorate Bell and Watson’s relationship with a reading of the first telephone transcript between the inventors.

Organized by Carla Herrera-Prats and Tyler Rowland for Kunstverein NY.

Reception:
Sunday, February 14, 2010
3-6 pm