By Rhiannon Armstrong
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public, which began as a one-to-one performance. The web version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Space.
Each testimony is performed verbatim, and includes binaural beat technology to induce calming brainwaves in the listener. Visitors may browse the Public Index, choose a testimony to listen to, and are then invited to contribute their own. A text-only version is available for those who do not use headphones, and anonymity is guaranteed.
“Creates a different kind of approach to most online confessional material, emphasising empathy rather than sensationalism” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Small moments of defiance that are also celebrations” Jane Frances Dunlop, Exeunt
“A dichotomy of personal encounter and observational distance…beautifully achieved” Caroline Darke, Artvehicle
“Absolutely amazing. Working completely contrary to our quick consumption internet habits, it’s really wonderful.” Deborah Pearson
Recommended age: Age 14+ due to some adult themes
Run time: 5 minutes approx.
Free event: No need to book, just pop in.
Rhiannon is an interdisciplinary artist known for making emotionally sensitive and critically astute work, often involving the participation of members of the public. She addresses important subjects in an accessible manner, conducting her solo work under the lifelong series title ‘Instructions for Empathetic Living’.
Her critically acclaimed one-to-one performance, archive, and digital project ‘The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid’ has toured throughout the UK and internationally.
Rhiannon is no stranger to collaboration having worked with many respected artists over the last decade, bringing her expertise in collaboration and interaction to projects with Chris Goode & Co, Battersea Arts Centre, Latitude Festival, the Barbican, Camden People’s Theatre. Rhiannon is an associate artist of Coney.