Festival for Playful Public Spaces


Our Broken Voice

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'our broken voice' explores trust and suspicion in public spaces, a Ballardian fiction of terrible events in a city centre, with the audience playing out the moments leading up to the event. It's like walking through a film, experienced on headphones, played out by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only an mp3 player this subtlemob takes you on a cinematic experience of twists and turns.

Press quotes: "as I strode toward the exit my heart pounded with anticipation. With the noise reverberating in the headphones -- and my mind -- everything suddenly became clear. The story was complete. The traffic was still moving, the people still rushing, the bagpiper still piping as if nothing had happened. And, I suppose, nothing really had. The only change was that right now, for a few of us, the world had become just a little bit different." -- Informed Edinburgh "a welcome taste of transmedia storytelling" - Aesthetica magazine


Format: Subtlemob

  • August 10, 2012 20:00 – 20:30
  • August 11, 2012 20:00 – 20:30

Circumstance (UK)

Circumstance is an international artists collective that creates cinematic experiences in unexpected locations. These experiences take many forms, from mass participation performances and intimate in-ear stories, to books, installations and workshops. They take melancholy and romance and wrap it up in the politics of mobile technology and public space.

Duncan Speakman is one of the directors of the artist collective ‘circumstance’. Duncan originally trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since 2001 he has been developing artworks and performances that use, abuse and question digital communication systems. Early installation works have been presented at ISEA, Navigate Live, Sonic Acts, InBetweenTime and ArteMov. Since 2005 he has focused on mobile audio works and locative media, and more recently has been continually developing pieces where the line between audience and performer becomes continually questioned, most notably the ’subtlemob’ form, of which a number of works continue to tour internationally.