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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.



Subtlemobs usually happen in public spaces and are not flashmobs but about trying to remain invisible. Subtlemobs were created by studio resident Duncan Speakman

opening scene

opening scene is a short MP3 soundwalk by Duncan Speakman, commissioned by Meeting House Gallery in March 2009.

100 meters (a gift)

Project by Duncan Speakman.Jan '09 '100 meters..' allows the listener to hear further than they can see.
My World is Empty Without You

My World is Empty Without You

A pervasive theatre work by duncan speakman: ‘What happens when everybody in the city is listening to the same song...’

a song for fifty hearts

Project by Duncan Speakman.June '08  A new soundwalk commission by Artmusic for their Palace Intrusions project.

Worked on

Billennium Square (after Ballard)

A guided tour, on which you take a walk through time, watching as future architecture appears before your eyes and hear what different worlds might sound like.

Layered Realities

Watershed and the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol explored the potential of 5G through a series of experimental events - asking artists, researchers and creatives to produce bold new works in public space.

Being There

Being There brings a group of brilliant creative practitioners, technologists and academics together to explore how cutting-edge robotics can enable people to participate in public space.

These Pages Fall Like Ash

Developed as part of REACT's Books and Print Sandbox, These Pages Fall Like Ash demonstrates the potential of interdependent storytelling between conventional, physical books and digital platforms.
What would you whisper in a stranger’s ear?

Cross-European Shared Artists in Residence

A cross-European residency programme which supported development of 'We Are Forests', a project by artists Duncan Speakman and Émilie Grenier.

Duncan Speakman (UK 1976) 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. He set up and directed the arts collective Circumstance from 2010 - 2018 with Sarah Anderson and Emilie Grenier, later joined by Tom Abba. He continues now as a solo artist and Phd researcher.

He is regularly invited to present his work internationally and recent exhibitions include IDFA (Amsterdam), ScreenCity (Stavanger), TrueFalse (Columbia) Microwave (Hong Kong), Mayfest (Bristol) TPAM (Tokyo), Kontraste (Krems), SonicActs (Amsterdam), Playpublik (Berlin), MOCA (Taipei), Vooruit (Gent), MediaCity (Seoul) and ArteMov (Sao Paulo), Barbican (London), FutureEverything (Manchester), Edinburgh Film Festival, and Soho Theatre (London).

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