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Ambient Literature Launch: It Must Have Been Dark By Then
Fri 5 May 2017, 12:45 – 13:30 BST
The first of our three commissioned works of Ambient Literature, It Must Have Been Dark by Then by Duncan Speakman, will launch at our symposium and be available for you to experience on Thursday 4th May and Friday 5th May.
Do you notice the world around you gradually changes?
There is always something happening somewhere else.
It Must Have Been Dark by Then is a book and audio experience that uses a mixture of evocative music, narration and field recording to bring you stories of changing environments, from the swamplands of Louisiana, to empty Latvian villages and the edge of the Tunisian Sahara. Unlike many audio guides, there is no preset route, the software builds a unique map for each person's experience. It is up to you to choose your own path through the city, connecting the remote to the immediate, the precious to the disappearing.
In January and February 2017 Duncan Speakman travelled with collaborators across three countries on three continents, visiting environments that are experiencing rapid change from human and environmental factors. What they created on their return is somewhere between a travel journal and a poetic reflection on connection, progress and memory. The experience asks the listener to seek out types of locations in their own environment, and once there it offers sounds and stories from remote but related situations. At each location the listener/reader is invited to tie those memories to the place they are in, creating a map of both where they are right now and of places that may not exist in the future.
DATES & BOOKING:
It Must Have Been Dark By Then will take approximately 45 minutes to experience and can be booked at 15 minute intervals during the Symposium evening event on Thursday May 4th between 19:00 - 20:30, and again over an extended lunchtime session on Friday, May 5th from 12:30 - 13:00
Select your preferred time from the drop-down menu and follow the booking instructions. We have 7 spaces available for each time slot.
- The experience last about 45 minutes and involves moving through the streets unaccompanied.
- You will be provided with headphones and a book.
- Please bring your own smartphone.
- At least iOS (V.9) or Android (V.4.2-6) required. And minimum 150MB free storage space.
- If you do not posses a smartphone there will be a limited number of devices available to borrow.