Here There and Everywhere:
The Art Of Collaboration
Thing: Part I Poetic
10 Seconds 1 Bayt
Many Tajiks are aware that for those cell phone users who have a plan with the Central Asian telecommunications company named Babilon,
the first ten seconds of any phone call are free. To take advantage of this freebie, strategic users have developed a new art
form—the ten-second conversation.
Note: 10 Sec. 1 Bayt is a project that emerged from CEC Artslink’s new initiative, the Global Arts Lab. The Global Arts Lab seeks to expand global cultural dialogue by engaging with previously marginalized communities, by presenting their perspectives and understandings to new audiences and expanding an appreciation of these ideas through international collaboration and artistic practice. In Fall 2009, Marisa Jahn and three other US-based artists traveled to four cities in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (Khojand, Dushanbe, Osh and Bishkek) to conduct a project in the local community as well as participate in public programs, such as lectures at universities, workshops with youth and presentations at arts centers. The projects’ objectives are to provide ways of connecting with community or illustrating social processes that may help organizations or efforts aimed at expanding opportunities, correcting social injustices or generally to foster a greater sense of collective engagement.