The latest project from Houston provocateurs The Art Guys, who’ve been challenging preconceptions for nearly three decades, Idle Chatter features digital answering machines set to speaker mode, programmed to take calls at (615) 343-7000. Anyone who dials the number will have his or her words broadcast live throughout Vanderbilt’s Space 204.
According to the press release, “Callers may say or do anything they wish.” So go ahead Nashville (and the rest of the world): Spout your political opinions! Give a raspberry! Read the crappy poem you wrote to the girl who spurned your advances in junior high! Breathe heavy! Recite the phone book (if you actually still keep one around)! Sing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” at the top of your lungs! But be warned: While you’re frantically trying to get your basset hound to bark “Taps” (“He’s done it before a million times, I swear!”), us highbrow Scene staffers will be brushing up on our Bart Simpson phone pranks — so if you get a busy signal, rest assured that Hugh Jass is in the house. Or space.
(Attention disgruntled WRVU fans! Again, that number is 615-343-7000! Hint hint nudge nudge!)