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On Maps

11 Aug 2014 / in News

“What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?” “About six inches to the mile.” “Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a […]

Designing for disorientation:

14 Jul 2014 / in News

From Imperica  Last weekend, Door Into the Dark premiered at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Its not a film; there are no screens to look at. In fact, you won’t be able to see anything for the duration of the piece because it will be completely dark.     Door into the Dark is the first answer we at […]

What is to be done? War, guilt and art.

15 May 2014 / in News

Now is the Time to Say Nothing opens this week at the Young Vic Theatre. It began with a difficult brief. Run a series of workshops with young people in London about Syria and from that create a durational installation, part theatre, part film, part performance. (Although performed only by the audience following instruction on […]

Done in the Dark: Part 2 – Food and Love

17 Feb 2014 / in dark, food, love

Last night I spent 6 hours blindfolded. Save a 30 second breather that I had to take about 2 hours in when it started to feel like torture. All in the name of Love. So they said. The night which was run by our friend Steve at The Russet, involved a seven course meal resplendent […]

Done in the Dark: Part 1 – Houses

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17 Feb 2014 / in dark

A description of walking around a flat I had never visited with a blind fold on…

A feel for a good story – Sensory Architecture

15 Feb 2014 / in architecture

Door Into the Dark has found its family. For now we have subsituted our editor for a set designer and our composer for an architect. And a talented pair at that. Felicity Hicks was assitant art designer on Skyfall and is working with us in her downtime till the next Bond. Tabitha Pope launched Recycles […]

It’s behind you! – can binaural ever play nice?

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10 Feb 2014 / in News

This weekend I had my nieces and nephew stay over – three of them aged 6 to 11. They wandered around the house looking for ibeacons off the Calvium app, and amongst the audio there was a little surprise. A binaural recording of someone moving around quite close to you and then wandering away and […]

The Voices in Your Head

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04 Feb 2014 / in News

  It was 2008 and I was in Mazen’s front room in Damascus. I was having an Arabic lesson and my head was contorted with declensions and tables of verb formula. There were roadworks happening not so far away, as was always the case in this city. A man had climbed up a lamppost and […]

hello 2014. and new artistic hero

09 Jan 2014 / in News

The year of big changes (2013) has broken. 2012 was apocalypse. 2013 = chain reactions firing all over the place. 2014 = actual work. Hopefully something to show for all those leaps into the unknown. Feeling inspired by the appearance of some semblance of a team around May and I for Door Into the Dark. […]

Losing it and the theatre of (nice) surprises

11 Dec 2013 / in News

Its week one at the Pervasive Media Studio where we are burrowing away in a batcave of sorts to bash out the Door into the Dark storyworld.   The question is really. How does it all begin and why would you even be here?   Option One. It’s your lunch break you are walking across […]