Beyond The Babble is an interactive and participatory audio focused installation, exploring questions of identity and belonging. It seeks to transpose the fragile nuance of power-shifts around the impact of the collective and individual voice within the babble of social noise.
Participants are invited to record personal thoughts, stories and experiences around questions of individual and collective identity. Who are we? Who am I? Over the course of the Who Are We? programme each recording is integrated into a living and growing sound installation. When heard. all together these voices are an unidentifiable babble. Yet by tuning into a specific channel, each individual voice can be properly integrated, cutting through the noise generating its own impact as part of a collective.
This piece also takes these individual voices beyond the walls of Tate’s Switchhouse Building to the wider virtual sphere via a collection of ‘audio postcards’ broadcasting ‘who we are’ on social media.
Lucia Scazzocchio (Cultivaters) has been exploring how individual storytelling and voiced ‘declarations’ not only empower the narrator as they articulate them, but can create shared empathy and deeper understanding for the listener when heard in the right context, often providing a deeper understanding of a wider narrative.