#Points of Listening 18 Stolen voices

Points of Listening #18

With Rebecca Louise Collins & Johanna Linsley
Date: Wednesday September 9th, 2015
Time: 16:30 start (lasts approx. 2.5/3 hours)
Venue: The Theatres Trust (Directions)

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Stolen Voices is an ongoing collaboration inspired by eavesdropping. It is about listening-in, or the way listening is always positioned in space and in time. It is aboutoverhearing, or the stuff we add to everything we hear – the histories and associations that condition how we perceive that which surrounds us. Finally, it is about the (often uncomfortably) unstable borders between private and public that we negotiate by existing in common with others.

The work begins by imagining public spaces as semi-fictional constructions, to which the artists have been summoned, as though on a ‘mission’. By attempting to gain access, navigate and decode traces of the occurrence of an as-yet-undefined event, the location itself is acknowledged as host to an already occurring phenomenon. In this sense, we move away from considering perception as belonging to the individual towards an understanding that what is available for detection is in a dynamic relationship with the existing atmosphere of a place.

On 9 September, we invite you to join the eavesdropping team, receive specialised training, and embark on a targeted mission to investigate The Event. Together, we will listen for clues, red herrings and the words on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

*Stolen Voices is a project by Rebecca Louise Collins and Johanna Linsley, and is presented in collaboration with Richard Whitelaw (Head of Programmes at Sound & Music).

Points of Listening (PoL) is a monthly programme of listening workshops, activities and discussions based in and around London.

PoL is a Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) project.

PoL is co-convened by Salomé Voegelin & Mark Peter Wright.

Find documentation from the session here https://pointsoflistening.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/pol-18-documentation/

Summer Cinema

Just found out that my short film Vocal Spiel has been selected for the ‘Summer Cinema’ screening festival at Surface Gallery, Nottingham. The film will be screened on 31st July 2015 and 1st August so if you are in the area, please pop in and check it out. There will also be some local alehttp://www.surfacegallery.org


Mini Update

Just a quick round up on a few things I have been working on…. this summer I had the pleasure of providing creative support to a group of  artists during National Theatre Wales’s annual ‘summer camp’ residency program. I worked alongside creative associate Simon Coates  at Dale Fort supporting the creation and sharing of a variety of artistic practices.

Highlights included practical tips shared by Phil Smith of Wrights and Sites fame, ‘Feedback Corner’ – a critical framework developed by Simon and I, and artistic interventions at Dale Fete.

Further details about summer camp can be found here http://nationaltheatrewales.org/summercamp

DIY11: 2014 Live Art Development Agency

Really pleased to announce that I will be running a DIY11 session with Johanna Linsley with the Live Art Development Agency, Sound & Music and Arts Bournemouth. Looking forward to spending a few days listening in on the conversations of others and presenting the eavesdropping cabaret! Applications are open now, we would love to work with artists from all backgrounds – opera singers, live artists, theatre makers etc.


Stolen Voices is about eavesdropping. It is about listening-in, or the way listening is always positioned in space and in time. It is about overhearing, or the stuff we add to everything we hear – the biases and associations that help us construct identities for those who surround us. Finally, it is about the (often uncomfortably) unstable border between private and public that we all negotiate by existing in common with others. Taking place over one weekend, and alternating between independent fieldwork and group creation, this workshop culminates in an ‘Eavesdropping Cabaret’ – details on this to follow once attendance is confirmed.

Arts Council Funding Awarded

I’m really pleased to announce that my project ‘Re-imagining Llanbedrog’ has just been awarded a grant from Arts Council Wales for further research and development! The next phase of the work starts on Monday 19th May and involves a new collaboration with playwright Branwen Davies. Looking forward to fusing our creative practices that will be shown at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 28th and 29th May 2014.

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