jotting down

clarify our roles/characters within the house,

the house’s history, other family histories within

windows where there should be walls, emptiness, empty nests,

frames that aren’t framing anything

architecture situated in nature and in time

 

why is this hook on the wall? what is the story behind this sanded, slanted door frame? wow there was a fire here in 1950 something! 

questions asked with an art project that we can’t answer

 

A House by Call Your Mom pokes at the way we approach the domestic and the comfortable. It braids together combinations of autobiography and interview based research to demonstrate the complexity and range of experiences that humans can define as home. 

 

"MEN! This show is entirely about men. about men. about men.” -Eliza, CYM

“This show is about the people who actually showed up” -Jay

 

Nouns and images connected to your project:

yarn, silicone, baby gates, light, sticks, furniture, photographs, books, toilets, bathtubs, kitchen utensils, cups, leaves, couches, more yarn, chairs, desks, tables, plates, music, closets, sounds, hangers, costumes, stairs, pillows, pillowcases, quilts, nests, postcards, other tactile curios, abstract vaginal blobs, windows, blankets

 

Mediums, describe the form:

video, performance, installation, sound, time based media, new media, interactive, immersive, haunted house-esque, spoken, wordplay, sculpture, soft sculpture, architecture, poetics of space, design, nesting, homemaking, hosting, family making, provoking, prodding, poking, interrupting, irritating

 

A list of things that you’re exploring

what is motivating:

broken home, fracture, attempts at homemaking, parenting, mom life, resentment, memory, trauma, siblings, fighting, dissatisfaction, stories, accomplishments, shameful upbringing, patterns in parenting, mistakes people have made raising their kids for generations, the things that kids have to teach parents, young women becoming adults, publicity, voyeurism, performativity, gender, discomfort, reliability, relatability, difference, miscommunication, politics, organization, comfort, discomfort, installation, universality, specificity, audience interaction 

 

designed to do something

verbs

actions the artwork will take: 

intervene, understand, act, impress, inflict, trigger, reminisce, remember, search, prod, ask, tell, show, confuse, mute, increase, require, wait, go, stay, return, reflect, damage, mend, extend, create, expand, contract, build, birth, kill, complete, break, disgust, discuss, take, give, end, begin, stop, pause

 

list of the things you really like about the project.

what do you like?

I like the collaborative nature of it, sometimes

I like the kind of nonexistent, experiment of a nest in my head

I like the house it will take place inside

I like its intentions

I like its oddball approaches to really hard topics

I like how it takes itself seriously

I like that its as confused as any human would be in a conversation with another human 

I like that it is bold

I like that it is both innocent and adult

I like that it is soft

I like that it has texture

I like that it is trying to be funny

I like that some people won’t like it

 

MADLIBS APPROACH

my IP project is __________. a collaborative multimedia installation about ________ that will take place at 910 sunset road

components

what pulls it together?

in kansas, not in kansas, upside down, in 19th century mars culture...

active verbs! 

 

Hi! I’m Sophie (pause) Goldberg. My IP project will be a collaborative, multimedia performance installation alongside the three other members of Call Your Mom, Emma Bergman, Mia Massimino, and Eliza Cadoux. Together we will utilize sculpture, video, audio, and movement to question the roles that family and shelter play in our contemporary culture. 

 

Call Your Mom has been working together for 3 years now. 

Our process goes something like this: 

We pick a general theme for a show. This show’s theme is domesticity and difficulty. We will call it A House. Our first show (call your mom) explored themes of motherhood and our second (THIS CLOSE) asked questions about miscommunication and understanding. So, we pick a general theme for the show, then we give ourselves a couple months to free associate and put all the ideas on the table. Then we narrow and find connections between the ideas. We meet two to three times a week, starting each meeting with a life update and a show update to clue in our fellow collaborators on kind of how we are feeling, thinking, or how ready we are to get things done that day. Those conversations typically move naturally into our main focus for that days meeting, whether it’s responding to or sharing a writing prompt, choreographing a movement piece, recording and editing video and audio, or playing with the conceptual meaning of something.