Our Broken Voice is a subtlemob about 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.
What is a subtlemob? A subtlemob is an invisible flashmob, it integrates with the beauty of the everyday world, so only its participants are aware of it. It’s like walking through a film. It is experienced on headphones, and it is performed by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only an mp3 player this subtlemob takes you on a cinematic experience of twists and turns. A mixture of narrative and richly textured music fills your ears. Different MP3 files are distributed to different audience groups, so while some perform simple actions, the others hear stories about these actions, so that everywhere they look the stories come alive in the world around them. The roles swap back and forth, sometimes you’ll just be watching, sometimes you’ll be following instructions. There’s nothing embarrassing or dangerous, you’re almost just playing yourself. There is no venue, there are no ushers, this is a performance organised and owned by its audience . . .
try to remain invisible.
For this project circumstance was represented by Lottie Child, Emilie Grenier, Duncan Speakman, Sarah Anderson and Tassos Stevens
Additional music performances by Ysella Kaute, Chloe Herrington, Emma Sullivan
Originally commissioned as part of InBetweenTime Festival.
Supported by Arts Council of England