The Anonymous Heartache Project is a collaborative documentary hybrid that explores the varied perceptions of human intimacy that transverse cultures and generations through the examination of personal messages that were never meant for public eyes.
The Anonymous Heartache Project 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. To view submissions of Love/Hate letters click here.
In an attempt to deconstruct and universalize the deeply personal and intimate content of the messages being examined, the audio portion of this documentary project is comprised of the letters being read by anonymous third parties. These readings have been archived on this site in their full content as a part of A.H.P.’s oral history project. To listen to our Audio Archive click here.
We invite artists to use the recordings in the Audio archive as the inspiration for dramatic narrative or experimental visual interpretations of the content being read. Each video is unique in style and specific to the artists explication on the content, formats include video, animation and found footage montage. To watch the videos click here.