Rebecca Collins / Johanna Linsley
Stolen Voices is a performance that is listening in on the East Coast of the UK. Artists and eavesdroppers Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins, along with a wide-ranging group of local agents with their ears on the ground, offer the results of an investigation into the acoustic textures of the coast, and invite you to join the community of listeners. Part experimental theatre, part sonic detective novel, Stolen Voices is a piece for anyone who has ever contemplated the pleasures and perils of a stranger’s voice.
Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins began working together in 2014, with the support of the Live Art Development Agency, Sound & Music and Arts Bournemouth in a workshop for performance makers exploring eavesdropping. Building on the success of this initial collaboration, Collins and Linsley continued to develop the project under the title Stolen Voices. The project has taken the form of participatory workshops, new music composition, experimental performance, community gig nights, radio broadcasts and an interactive installation we dubbed the Eavesdropbox, as well as an artist book project currently in progress which we call a sonic detective novel.
We have undertaken sustained investigations in Seaham (East Durham), with the support of Arts Council England, East Durham Creates and Helix Arts, Aberdeen with the support of Silver City Stories (a consortium between Aberdeen City Council, University of Aberdeen and Visit Aberdeenshire), and currently in Felixstowe with Snape Maltings and SPILL Festival. We have presented the project at the Creative Data Club (a project of Sound & Music), Points of Listening (a project of the Centre for Research in Sound Art Practice at the London College of Communication) and on Resonance FM. The project has also been featured on BBC Radio Newcastle.