In this performance lecture, Duncan Speakman explores how immersive experiences might offer more than a cocoon, and instead become a way of highlighting and exposing the physical, social and digital networks we are already entangled in.
If the story is one of entanglement of scale, from microbial to hyperobject and from the immediate present to geological or networked time, then to tell it, to understand it, we might need to develop new forms of attention.
These forms of attention might not be the curiously static subject/object contemplation produced by encountering the scale of ecological disaster, not just us as humans looking at a picture of a stranded polar bear, but a tangled singular system. Modes of attention that might offer us the potential to trace these networks of entanglements, to not just see or hear about, but to experience the interconnectedness.
Following a thread from 1960’s performance art to the augmented reality of today, this talk looks at the continued blurring of the line between the ‘work’ and the ‘world’. This playful exploration centres itself around an understanding of time, sound and the entanglement of self and environment to ask how immersive work might help us attend to our surroundings.
Duncan Speakman is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. He creates narrative sound led experiences that engage audiences in uncontrolled public and private space. He regularly creates bespoke work internationally including installations on trains in Guangzhou, loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto; he has also recently developed a number of hybrid print/digital experiments. His current research is in the relationship between locative urban audio experiences and contemporary ecology, wrapping the questions in melancholy and romance.