The Anonymous Heartache Project (AHP) is a transmedia documentary experience that explores human intimacy through the examination of personal messages that were never meant for public eyes.
AHP started with a call for submissions posted on craigslist.org looking for people willing to submit any old/new letters, stories, emails, voicemails or any other medium that contains a message pertaining to some emotionally charged aspect of a personal relationship. The result was a collection of letters, from unrelated anonymous sources, that were written in response to the heartache of love lost.
In order to deconstruct and universalize the deeply personal content of the messages being examined, I had the letters read aloud by anonymous third parties. The process became a study on the syntax of mediated language and the way our communications are influenced and interpreted through apparatus and emotion. I was fascinated by the way each individual reader brought a unique nuance to the content of the letters. In order to explore the power of that nuance I expanded on the project by inviting artists to use the recordings to create short films. The result is a collaborative ongoing documentary about the heartache of loss and all the exquisite pain that comes with it.
You can browse through the entries in our blog, Love/Hate Letters.
You can hear the letters being read aloud in our Audio Archive.
Explore the Video Vault to see artist interpretations of the letters.