About the Project

Every day for six months, artist Karen Finley recorded a personal message that audiences across the country could access via a 1-900 number. Inspired by America’s growing fascination with the telephone as a personal, yet anonymous outlet for information and companionship, Finley chose to use telecommunications as a vehicle to connect with a national audience.


Finley’s phone commentary responded to a range of topics, including observations relating to news headlines and social injustices, as well as more personal reflections on motherhood and daily life. 1-900-ALL-KAREN was thus an appropriation of a 1-900 exchange (usually associated with the charlatanism of phone sex, horoscopes, and psychics) as a source for artistic free expression.


Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders




Karen Finley


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