Today Calls

(2017)

Daily feed at the dedicated project site Today Calls.Website.

Related works: Dial 9 (for NSCAD), Dial 40 (for Art Metropole), Publick, SeptSixUn-QuatreHuitQuatreUn, Stéréophonie, Tue, un jeudi téléphonique.

Texts by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Christof Migone, and Jordan Scott.

Kathryn and Jordan were invited to pick a historical event for every day of the year (from the events that Wikipedia lists for every day). They wrote a response, and in turn, I wrote a response to theirs (plus took account of the prompts they chose).

Today Calls You. Do you answer the call? If so, how and when? Today.

An installation version with telephones and audio will be ready to soon. It features the voices of Amy Fung, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Christof Migone, Niloufar Salimi.

Project made possible thanks to funding provided by the Ontario Arts Council.


Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1639 – The “Fundamental Orders”, the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1539 – Spain annexes Cuba.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1918 – Finland’s “Mosaic Confessors” law goes into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1971 – All in the Family an American sitcom premiered on the CBS television network.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1949 – A three-day snowfall begins in Los Angeles, California. Accumulations range from a trace near the coast to almost a foot in the San Fernando Valley.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1946 – The United States Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the Moon and receiving the reflected signals.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1863 – The London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 2004 – An inflatable boat carrying illegal Albanian emigrants stalls near the Karaburun Peninsula while on the way to Brindisi, Italy; exposure to the elements kills 28.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 2011 – The attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1912 – The African National Congress is founded.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1877 – Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1697 – Last execution for blasphemy in Britain; of Thomas Aikenhead, student, at Edinburgh.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1967 – Vietnam War: United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch “Operation Deckhouse Five” in the Mekong River delta.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 2002 – Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 2015 – Boko Haram militants raze the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, with as many as 2,000 people having been killed.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 2004 – Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 1971 – The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match.

Text by Jordan Scott (left). Prompt: 1801 – The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
Text by Christof Migone (center). Prompts: texts by Jordan and Kathryn plus the prompts they chose.
Text by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (right). Prompt: 404 – Telemachus, a Christian monk, is killed for attempting to stop a gladiators’ fight in the public arena held in Rome.