Studio resident Duncan Speakman is known for creating urban audio walks that use music and reflective text to shift people’s perception of their surroundings.

As part of the Ambient Literature research project he has created ‘It Must Have Been Dark By Then’, a piece that explores how documentary approaches could be used to make stories from remote locations relevant in an audiences immediate environment.

In January and February 2017 Duncan travelled with different collaborators across the swamps of Louisiana, the edge of the Tunisian Sahara and through empty Latvian villages, collecting sounds and stories from disappearing places. The resulting piece uses a mixture of geo-locative audio and printed material and is the first in this new direction for his practice. In this talk he will discuss the design process along with the potentials and problems of this form of work. 

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to to book your place on a tour.

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