A Conversation Piece
“A Conversation Piece” is simply a household touch tone phone that constantly rings, so that as the audience enters the space and picks up the phone, a conversation is overheard on the line. The audience may enter the conversation at any point – for example, when the parties are divulging very personal information or are engaged in light banter, or during awkward silences. When the audience begins to feel guilty for eavesdropping and hangs up the phone, it immediately begins to ring again. The loud ringing seems to fill the room, and can be silenced only by picking up the phone. The audience becomes an outside observer, alternately plagued by the annoying ringing and the guilt of eavesdropping on the personal conversation of others.