THE APOLOGY LINE
THE APOLOGY LINE
We want to set up a freephone telephone line across the US allowing people to leave anonymous apologies on an answering machine.
We want to set up a freephone telephone line across the US allowing people to leave anonymous apologies on an answering machine. Read more
About this project
The Apology Line is an art project that was set up by Will Bridges and James Lees and launched right across the UK. Posters, flyers and press articles invited the nation to call a freephone telephone number and leave an anonymous apology for whatever was weighing on their mind. The public responded in their hundreds each and every week.
From tragic stories of regret, love and hate, through to laugh out loud comments on society, the British public opened up, liberated by the anonymity of the answer machine.
With this funding we want to set up and promote The Apology Line in America in order to collect messages from people all over the country. We shall then look to create an exhibition and installation that we hope will eventually tour the country.
The idea actually originated from an American artist called Allan Bridge. In 1980 he set up the Apology Project - a telephone line in New York offering people to ring and leave their apologies and listen to others. Unfortunately the project ended when Allan tragically passed away in an accident in 1995. We thought the idea behind the project was just too fascinating to not continue so decided to create and launch our own version. We now want to 'bring it back home' and launch it across the US. Hopefully this will be a fitting tribute to Allan as we know he was keen for people to continue the project.
- UK APOLOGY LINE MESSAGES -
“I’m sorry I stole chocolates from my brother when we were very young. I’m sorry that I was jealous of him when my mother took him on holiday without me. I’m sorry that I um, I cheated on my fiancé. I’m sorry that I took drugs when I promised him I would stop. I’m sorry that my… that I found my mother unconscious when she tried to kill herself. I’m sorry that I did not protect my brother.”
“I’m sorry for having an affair with a man who’s married and has two children because my boyfriend couldn’t be bothered to spend more time with me. And thinks that his work is more important than me. I’m sorry that I’ve wasted so much love on my boyfriend”
“I would like to apologise to my daughter who is twenty-seven now. For the fact that I always resented having a daughter. I wanted a son. And I wasn’t a very nice mother to her. I told her I’m sorry. Things in her childhood… I have never told her the real reason because I think it would hurt her too much. I just want to say sorry. I don’t want her to know it was me, I think that would be too
painful for her. I love her very much. Thank you.”