Not at the Dinner Table
For this project, we set up a public voicemail service during the end-of-the-year holidays and invite people to leave an anonymous voicemail message addressed to someone important in their lives about an issue they disagree on, saying what they usually stop themselves from saying in order to keep the peace. A rotating selection of voice mail messages left over the years is available to listen to when the project is active.
The project was originally presented by the telephone-based gallery 323 Projects in 2013, and was covered that year by Carolina Miranda for a KCRW "All Things Considered" story. We have subsequently re-presented the project ourselves each year since 2015, during the end-of-the-year holiday season. In 2016 Carolina Miranda once again covered Not at the Dinner Table in a Los Angeles Times story; national CBC radio also did a segment that year. And in 2019, Southern California KPCC radio did a segment on the project.
A compliation of voice mail messages that three different callers have left on the same issue.
Images have been culled from the Internet.