Fringe Projects is pleased to announce the forthcoming temporary public art commission HEX LINK by American Fantasy Classics, a Milwaukee-based artist collaborative. HEX LINK is an interactive sculpture and sound based work that is an extension of American Fantasy Classics’ toll free interactive phone line/sound art gallery, 1-844-HEX-LINK, a digital space where the artists craft collaborative sound based exhibitions, accessible anytime by telephone.
By installing a modified outdoor pay phone in downtown Miami, passers by will experience the phone ringing at a designated schedule, enticing curious passersby to answer and engage with the artwork. The participant will listen to a prerecorded program and be prompted to answer a number of questions through pressing the keypad—a typical strategy of most corporate call centers. Call content will offer the listener access to a fictional new age, ambiguously cult-like, pseudoscientific self-help hot line called MIND AXE. HEX LINK activates the mundane and anachronistic phone booth, producing an unanticipated, participatory exploration.
“Our goals are to experiment formally with sound, sculpture, and a collaborative practice, while also overlaying a specific genre aura, and letting it drive the overall drama and character of the project. Participants should find it both fun and unnerving, a surreal and unexpected experience that is ultimately mysterious and ambiguous. This project is the continuation of the construction of a fictional world, here expressed as concrete fantasy.” –American Fantasy Classics
September 8 2017– January 31, 2018
280 NE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33132
ABOUT AMERICAN FANTASY CLASSICS
American Fantasy Classics is an ongoing collaborative project established in Milwaukee Wisconsin by Oliver Sweet, Alec Regan, Brittany Ellenz and Liza Pflughoft. Current Members include Oliver Sweet (Los Angeles), Alec Regan (Milwaukee) and Donato Mezzenga (Los Angeles). AFC encourages ambitious experimentation through co-authorship, collaboration and production. Recent projects and exhibitions have been presented at the; Green Gallery and Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, WI; Bahamas Biennale, Detroit, MI; The Lunchbox, Milwaukee, WI; Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, CA; Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI; Paramount Ranch, Los Angeles, CA; Homeland Security, Dallas, TX and Inova, Milwaukee, WI. American Fantasy Classics founded and operated an experimental exhibition of the same name in Milwaukee, and currently operate HEX LINK, a sound art gallery. Past projects have included Rainforest Café, Detroit, MI (2016) an immersive bricolage Jungle cave environment, used as a social space, cafe, ceramics studio & film set. Made in collaboration with Bahamas Biennale, Hamtramck Ceramick and Club Nutz, DUMPSTER HOT TUB / GOOD FENG SHUI incorporated a rented dumpster, benches, plumbing, wood fire stove, pumps, hose, epoxy, river stones, tea leaves, essential oils and took place at Aturo Bandini, Los Angeles, CA (2016).