A commission to create a unique audio experience for the town of Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, England, using 12 Sonic Vista benches. We worked with local amateur writers and poets to create a suite of fictional narratives, which would unfold over 12 locations throughout the town. The physical location of each bench provided both the inspiration and setting for each episode - these site-specific ‘audio overlays’ create a new relationship with the urban environment.
The majority of writing was undertaken by local writer/poet Kate Davis, who has since become a regular collborator on Sonic Vista projects. We worked with local amateur actors and youth groups to record the 24 episodes - 2 per location - which were embedded onto the benches in situ.
It was proposed that the community takes over guardianship of the project, so that the content be updated as and when they wish. A map and free headphones are available at the town library.