Artist Spotlight – Duncan Speakman

30 October, 2021

Duncan Speakman’s work, Only Expansion which is being shown at Frequency Festival, has recently won the Immersive Art and XR Award at the BFI London Film Festival.

In an excellent interview with Watershed, Duncan said,

I am delighted to receive London Film Festival’s first ever award in the Immersive and XR Art category for Only Expansion. Sometimes I feel like all I’ve been doing in my 13 years at the Pervasive Media Studio is making people walk around with headphones on. This award feels testament to the amazing contributions that the Studio community have generously given, from technical support and production to critical thinking and artistic sensibilities. Having audio experiments celebrated within a visually dominated field is of course appealing to my biases, but I’m also really excited that a work trying to respond to climate change through viscerality and darkness has been so well received.

Watch the video below by MIT Open Documentary Lab where Duncan Speakman talks with Sarah Wolozin about his works and the inspirations for them.

Only Expansion is available to experience until 31st October from 12pm – 5pm. The audio journey will begin as you collect your headphones and guidebook from St Mary le Wigford Church, Lincoln.  Then you are free to take your own route outside in the city, as sounds distort around you as you walk.

Booking recommended with drop-in places available

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