Located in Manchester’s Piccadilly Station, a place where everyday dramas are constantly acted out, Audio Obscura was an aural version of the camera obscura: a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world.
In Audio Obscura, participants entered into the crowd to take part in an exploration of the overheard. What did she mean? Did he really say that? Does she realise what she is saying? You might wish you hadn’t listened or you might have wanted to know more. Looking for stories, you may even have found them.
Lavinia Greenlaw is a prize-winning poet and novelist who also writes radio drama and libretti. Recent books include a memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls, and her fourth poetry collection,The Casual Perfect, which will be published by Faber in September 2011.
Lavinia Greenlaw Text and direction
Tim Barker Sound design
Harry Escott Underscore
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Artangel.
Artangel gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Emmanuel Roman.