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The Quiet Volume


Drop in

Tuesday 19 July 2016 - Saturday 30 July 2016

By artists Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton

'The Quiet Volume' is a whispered, self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance for two visitors at a time, exploiting the particular tension common to any library: a combination of silence and concentration within which different people’s experiences of reading and listening unfold. The piece exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience, allowing aspects of it we think of as deeply internal to lean out into the surrounding space, and to leak from one reader's sphere into another's.

You are invited to participate in pairs, sitting side by side in Wellcome Library. Taking cues from both written and whispered sources, you will find yourselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.

"...the feeling of heightened awareness in which every sound is magnified, every movement has increased significance and all words dance with possibility (...) there is a sense that we are all privately running amok in the libraries of our minds."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Wellcome Library, Tuesday to Saturday, 1 hour sessions starting from 11.00-16.00 (11.00-14.30 on Saturday)

This event is FREE. Please book your session on the day at the Wellcome Library Reception.


Voices English version: Ant Hampton, Seth Etchells, Jenny Naden; Artistic production: Katja Timmerberg; Binaural recordings: TiTo Toblerone; Commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas.

(Image credit: Lorena Fernandez)