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In Performance: Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells – The Quiet Volume (UK)

The Quiet Volume is a whispered, self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance for two at a time (in line with Hampton’s other Autoteatro work), exploiting the particular tension common to any library worldwide; a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples’ experiences of reading unfold.

Two audience members / participants sit side-by-side. Taking cues from words both written and whispered they find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books. 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.

“This now of the page is what grips me – the present moment, this one, summoned here with this arrangement of marks/code, ink/pixels, letters and words.” – Tim Etchells

The Quiet Volume, a collaboration with Tim Etchells, has opened here in Berlin in English and German at the incredible new library pictured below. The piece is commissioned and produced by and for Ciudades Paralelas (Parallel Cities), a festival of portable AND site-specific work curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias running until Sep 24 in Berlin before moving to Buenos Aires in November and to Zurich in May 2011. TQV will also be presented by co-commissioners Voorhuit in Ghent, Belgium, as part of The Game is Up! – Ant Hampton on Contemporary Performance Network

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Ant Hampton
Performance maker

Performance maker, writer and director, Ant Hampton (1975) founded Rotozaza in 1998, a project which has explored the use of instructions given to unrehearsed ‘guest’ performers, both on stage and, more recently, within more intimate structures sustained and played-out by the audience themselves (Autoteatro). More recent solo projects and collaborations include an ongoing exploration of ‘live portraiture’ with Greg McLaren as The Other People (La Otra Gente): structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was head dramaturg for ‘Projected Scenarios’ at Manifesta7 European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sud Tirol, Italy. He has contributed to projects by Jerome Bel and Forced Entertainment. He collaborated with Tim Etchells for the 2009 ‘fantasy-protest’ programme of live-art for the ICA, ‘True Riches’ and again more recently on ‘The Quiet Volume’, a new autoteatro work for two readers in a library, commissioned by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias for Ciudades Paralelas (Berlin / Buenos Aires / Zurich).


September 17 – 24, 2010
The Quiet Volume
Ciudades Paralelas / Hebbel am Ufer
Berlin, Germany

November 26 – December 5, 2010
The Quiet Volume
Ciudades Paralelas
Buenos Aires, Argentina

March 16 – 26, 2011
The Quiet Volume, The Bench (& Etiquette)
Vooruit, The Game Is Up Festival
Ghent, Belgium

June 2011 (dates tbc)
The Quiet Volume
Ciudades Paralelas, Schauspielhaus Zürich

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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