Chinese Whispers. Contributions by Neil Chapman, Jill Magi, Sissu Tarka, Uriel Orlow, Brendan Fernandes and Jaanika Peerna. In Edit Mode Press, 2011.
"(broken) telephone, grapevine, whisper down the lane, gossip, secret message, le téléphone arabe, stille post, gioco del telefono, telefono senza fili, telefone sem fio, głuchy telefon, pass the message, viskleken / The word was entirely nonsensical, composed from fragments of words extracted from the damaged label of a beer bottle, whispered and recorded as a digital file, run through a distorting filter, and passed on to our first contributor. / The sinophobic [British] name points to the centuries-old tradition in Europe of representing spoken Chinese as an incomprehensible and unpronounceable combination of sounds. / Here’s how it’s done: A first participant whispers a phrase or sentence to a subsequent participant. Each participant then proceeds to successively whisper what he or she believes him- or herself to have heard to the next participant. At the end of each round of the game, the last participant announces the statement to the entire group. / The sound recording was passed on to our initial contributor, who was asked to work with the recording – the sound itself as well as its transcription – to produce a sound- and text based contribution to the volume and, additionally, to solicit a subsequent participant to the series, make another sound recording of the whispered word, and pass this on to the chosen participant. / Errors often accumulate in the process, so that the statement announced by the last participant differs significantly from the one originally whispered by the first participant. / The resulting volume contains six separate contributions interlinked by the gradual mutation and disintegration of the original word recorded. / Contributors to the Chinese Whispers volume include Neil Chapman, Jill Magi, Sissu Tarka, Uriel Orlow, Brendan Fernandes and Jaanika Peerna. / There is no winner to the game. Amusement is derived by the comparison of the original and the final messages."