Erik Boker

God for Dummies

David 1, 2006David 2, 2006David 3, 2006Tyler, 2007Gail 1, 2006Gail 2, 2006Gail 3, 2006Denny, 2006

A record fetish and a long fascination with evangelical music collide with the small (but boisterous) vein of evangelical ventriloquists.

The layers of function within phonography, ethnography, performance, and fundamental religion vibrate the soul of this project. Most interesting to me are the levels of "channeling," a term used both in audio and religion, as God flows through the chosen human vessel of the ventriloquist musician, as through the puppet or dummy, and then through the phonograph, culminating often in a recorded religious artifact - seemingly from the heavens to reach young children. Some subjects have stardom in their histories and even involvements with Jim Henson, some are active still today, and some are focused on other arts. Some have taken even more extreme paths with belief. But all are recording legends in their field, and all have an interesting residence in obscurity.