As a part of the “Looking For America: Northwest Arkansas” art exhibition that travelled across four cities in December 2019 through March 2020, artist Amos Cochran invited the public to call a specific phone number and record a message describing what America means to them in just a few words.
At the conclusion of the exhibition, Amos brought the voices to life by compiling them into an audio and visual experience seen here.
“American Thesaurus” is a curated collection of words, thoughts, and emotions representing what I feel it means to be American in my community: Having the ability to possess a unique voice representing individual ideas, that when mixed with others, create a larger and more complex vision. I invited anyone who was interested to share a recording of a few words that he or she feels is representative of the question at hand. Randomly sequenced together and presented through a single speaker, the individual voices form a new whole for us to experience. The idea is that a collection of voices merged offers a larger, more complex story than those voices in isolation ever could.