Wed 11 Dec 2019 18:30

Subtlemob 10th Anniversary - As If It Were The Last Time

The last subtlemob was ten years again and to celebrate longstanding Studio Resident & Sound Artist extraordinaire Duncan Speakman is bringing it back. And guess what he isn't changing a single thing...

Image c/o Duncan Speakman

IMage c/o Duncan Speakman

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Duncan Speakman

Duncan is an artist working with mobile audio in uncontrolled public and private spaces. His current PhD research is in the compositional structures of locative audio works and their relationship to current ecological debate.

A subtlemob is not a flashmob, it integrates with the everyday world, so only its participants are really aware of it. There is no meeting point, only an area of the city to explore, you'll be unsure of who is and isn't taking part. It’s like walking through a film, it's experienced on headphones, but is performed by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only a sound file it takes you on a cinematic experience through the beauty of the everyday. A mixture of narrative, instructions and richly textured music fills your ears. Different sound 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 or staff, this performance is really just staged and owned by you. This is no requiem, this is a celebration, a chance to savour the world you live in, and to see it with fresh eyes. . . .try to remain invisible.


This is a free event but to take part you need to register at Duncan's website. You will then recieve an email 48 hours before the event with full instruction on how to take part.

You can register for subtlemob here.

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Past Events

If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.