my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught
B: Well, I wanted to call you for your birthday, but then I had no money and, you know, but today I found a phone booth where I can call for free.
A: I see. So, and what is the news with you?
B: Me? Oh, not much…Just living, you know. Just living.
(Excerpt from Telephone conversation #48)
In 2013 at the GULLIVER center in Cologne, Phil Collins installed a phone booth with a free line that anyone could use for unlimited local and international calls on the agreement that the conversations would be recorded and anonymised. The selected material was posted to a group of international musicians, serving as the starting point for original new songs presented as 7” vinyl records in specially designed listening booths which overlooked the city’s central station.
my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught is an edition composed of a double 12” album which collects 13 tracks by international artists. Neatly set in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve, the LP comes with a booklet featuring original texts by Mark Fisher and Florian Schneider and transcriptions of some of the original telephone conversations.
Having worked for a homeless magazine in the 1990s, Collins has a longstanding interest in issues relating to these communities. Bringing to the fore the lyrical and narrative potential of the human voice when it stands in for those subjects of city life who are purposefully ignored and routinely overlooked, he dramatises the moment of communication as an emotional and ambivalent exchange.
The project includes contributions by Scritti Politti, David Sylvian, Lætitia Sadier and Damon & Naomi, Demdike Stare, Planningtorock, Maria Minerva, Heroin In Tahiti, Pye Corner Audio, Peaking Lights, Elektronische Musik aus: Köln, Pluramon, Cologne Tape, Julia Hummer.
Double vinyl & booklet
Format: 30 x 30 cm
Edition of 500 copies
Texts by: Mark Fisher, Florian Schneider
Published by NERO & Shady Lane Productions