MY WORLD IS EMPTY. . .

‘my world is empty without you’ [ 2008/2009 ]

“..the show made me notice the beauty and cinematic elegance of everyday life itself” – SuitYourself Magazine

The first subtlemob was created as part of this piece.

Originally commissioned by Mayfest Theatre Festival.

What happens when everyone in the city is listening to the same song?

Wearing headphones, you begin to travel across the city, the soundtrack in your ears turning the world around into your personal cinema. Suddenly a stranger stops you and puts a hand on your shoulder. Their lips don’t move but in your ears you can somehow hear their voice. It feels like telepathy as they begin to speak the words to the song that’s playing in their head…
You continue to move across the city, sometimes guided, sometimes alone; as events unfold in front of you it becomes harder to tell which are staged and which are real.

Built using ‘mscape’, the audience were given handheld computers with headphones. The music score they heard was controlled by satellite positioning and changed to reflect the physical location of the audience. Some performers carried battery powered wifi beacons in their pockets. When they were near an audience member the device carried by the audience would play a recording of that performers voice, the effect was like being able to hear a persons thoughts. Another group of performers were a ‘subtlemob’, who roamed the streets following instructions given to them on an MP3 player, they performed everyday actions around the audience, creating a sense of deja-vu as you saw similar events occuring all around you.

  • it was always going to be about making something that would be invisible.
  • at first i imagined i was trying to create cinema without using cameras or screens, in the end i think i might have made an opera without a stage or libretto.
  • a soundtrack controlled by satellite positioning, a mixture of trained and untrained performers, wireless transmitters held together with tape, the british weather . . . it was always going to be a risky project.
  • this simple restaging of the world took a lot more work than i imagined, but i’ve had the luxury of working with a group of incredible artists.
  • i hope they don’t mind that in the end we have something that’s almost impossible to see . . .

SOUNDTRACK BY DUNCAN SPEAKMAN SARAH ANDERSON SAM HALMARAK

DEVISED AND PERFORMED WITH TOM WAINRIGHT MARTHA KING SYLVIA RIMAT ALEX BRADLEY EMMA BUSH SITA CALVERT-ENNALS

COMMISSIONED BY MAYFEST AND ARNOLFINI LIVE

SUPPORTED BY PERVASIVE MEDIA STUDIO BUILT WITH MSCAPE

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION DEB HEARNE

GRATITUDE TO (AND INSPIRATION FROM) CLARE REDDINGTON HELEN COLE TOM MELAMED BEN CLAYTON KATE YEDIGAROFF MATTHEW AUSTIN JO CUTHBERT SIMON GAMES EMILIE GRENIER GENEVIEVE BROWN CARO WINTER JOLYON GREENAWAY VANESSA BELLAAR SPRUIJT BETTINA SCHEIBE PAUL CLARKE ROD DICKINSON PHOEBE DAVIES ROTOZAZA WIM WENDERS ALL THE SUBTLE MOBS

FOR JANICE

[ IMAGES : MAKING "MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU" ]


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