John Baldessari – “Ed Henderson Suggests Sound Tracks for Photographs” (1974)

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Another stand-out piece at the Lentos museum was this experiment with sound and image. John Baldessari found images from National Geographic, then called Ed Henderson on the phone and described the image to him. Ed, in turn, tried to find appropriate songs that would match the image. This entire phone call is recorded and played with the video of Baldessari pinning up images, one at a time. It’s very low-tech, but immensely appealing in spite of this; its the narrative that engages the viewer more than anything else.