Created by the Swiss playwright Julie Gilbert as a performative installation, the original proposal is an installation with old telephones through which the public circulates and chooses one to have a “conversation” with a writer from the collection.
When the phone rings, the audience picks up the handset and listen, for 5 minutes, to what a current playwright wrote "on behalf" of a former writer, performed live by an actress.
For this version, digital and in Spanish, we selected 4 "phones" from the original collection, translated them, and added another 4, from Argentine authors.
The 8 'telephones' are performed live by contemporary Argentine actresses.
The conversation is guided through the agenda of this website.
Julie Gilbert, paraphrasing Virginia Woolf*, relates her starting point as follows:
“... we wonder why women writers and thinkers are not a regular part of our corpus, why have we read them so little? To make them known and deepen this knowledge, we imagine an audio library in motion, a literary and subjective installation, composed of invented monologues, written by contemporary authors about female writers who are no longer alive and narrated by telephone, as a call from the beyond. This library grows progressively, to constitute a collection that allows to introduce and disseminate the work of the writers and encourage people to read it. Today this collection consists of 26 'telephones' ... ”.
* "The reason why no woman, when one man in two, it seemed, was capable of making a song or a sonnet, did not write a word of that extraordinary literature, remains a cruel enigma to me."