Hotline (2020-2021)

24-hour toll-free hotline

Hotline is an artwork that takes the form of a phone number: (866) 696-0940.  The number is live and able to receive calls 24 hours a day from September 1, 2020—January 23, 2021.

From sex hotlines, crisis hotlines, psychic hotlines, to tip hotlines, the anonymous telephone call is a poignant example of intimacy without proximity. But what makes the line “hot”? What kinds of things do we ask each other, confess to each other, or create with each other in the absence of an image? What kind of connection does the face preclude and the voice allow?  Call, choose from set options, and leave a message if you want to.  Stay anonymous. Your message may be made public as documentation of the piece.

International callers: if the toll-free number does not work on your phone, try using Skype.

Hotline is presented by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation as part of their Performance-in-Place series, and A.I.R. Gallery as part of their 2019-20 Artist Fellowship Program.  On September 8, 2020 from 6-7:30PM EST, Rubin Foundation Director Sara Reisman and I will discuss excerpts from Hotline and our current conditions of mediation. Click here to RSVP to the event or to access a recording of the talk.  From October 15 – November 16, 2020, Hotline will be on view as a physical exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery


Charlotte Kent, "Phreaking the Hotline: Aliza Shvarts," CLOT Magazine, 28 October 2020: