French conceptual artist Sophie Calle has reached out to some of the biggest names in music for a bittersweet compilation record paying respect to her dead cat.
Calle’s cat Souris passed away back in 2014, and the artist took to her work to cope with the loss. Calle, who often deals with loss, grief and trauma in her works, has been known to collaborate with artists in other mediums.
Bono is one of 37 musicians paying homage to French artist Sophie Calle’s dead cat. He contributed a bizarre spoken word poem that we hope doesn’t get loaded onto the next iPhone.
In an interview with artnet, Calle revealed she was working on a solo exhibition in Paris later on this year and reflected on the loss of her cat and how it has affected her work:
“When you say you’re sad about the cat, it’s a bit obscene for people. You can’t say that. I mean, if I say my mother or my father is dead, everyone tells me, ‘Oh, poor thing, she lost her mother, oh, poor thing, she lost her father,’ but if we say that about our cat, we seem ridiculous. It makes me laugh, when for me, in my daily life, it was almost more violent, because I lived with my cat. I didn’t live with my parents.”
After sending through pictures and descriptions of her cat to a number of musicians, tributes started pouring in from an eclectic mix of artists from around the world. The bizarre compilation features Bono reciting spoken word poetry in voicemail message format and Pharrell Williams playing a quirky electronic instrumental song.
You can listen to the whole album via Spotify.