Lavinia Greenlaw: Audio Obscura

13 September - 23 October 2011
Lower concourse, St Pancras International Station
(between Marks & Spencer and Le Pain Quotidien)

St Pancras Photograph by Julian Abrams

In the busy public spaces of London's St Pancras International Station, everyday dramas are constantly being acted out; people waiting or rushing, engaged in conversation or lost in their own thoughts.

In Audio Obscura, equipped with headphones, you'd enter the crowd and overhear voices around you. What did that woman mean? Did he really say that? Does she realise what she is saying? You might wish you hadn’t listened or you might want to know more. You will look for stories and you might even find them...

A co-commission with Manchester International Festival, Audio Obscura was a new sound work by award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw. In an aural equivalent to the camera obscura, the audience experiened the project in a solitary way - hearing fragments of individual narratives, glimpses of interior worlds drawn from monologues that glance off one another, hovering between speech and unconscious thought.

Overhearing these voices, the listener became immersed in private thoughts, emotions, recollections and confessions in a very public space, projecting what they heard onto the people they saw.

Originally shown:

Manchester Piccadilly Station
Saturday 2 - Sunday 17 July 2011

Credits

Lavinia Greenlaw: Text & direction
Tim Barker: Sound design
Harry Escott: Underscore
Ingrid Hu: Kiosk design
Sound production by Somethin' Else

Commissioned and produced by Artangel and Manchester International Festival. Artangel gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Emmanuel Roman. This project is supported by Arts Council England, Special Angels and The Company of Angels.