Ant Hampton – Tim Etchells

The Quiet Volume


10th September | 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
from 11th to 14th September | 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
15th September | 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Biblioteche di Roma

Compulsory booking
In Italian or in English
In co-production with Romaeuropa Festival, with collaboration of Biblioteche di Roma.
Planned also from 20 to 29th Septmeber in the framework of Romaeuropa Festival.

The Quiet Volume is a whispered, self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance for two at a time, 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.

Books involved in this italian edition are:

Agota Kristof, TRILOGY [The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie](in one volume)
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans
Jose Saramago, Blindness
Gabriele Basilico, City Scapes

In answer to the booking mail you will receive a confirmation mail in which will be required to select your book and language.

Ant Hampton is a British artist and performance maker whose work, which began in 1998 under the name Rotozaza, has most often involved guiding people through unrehearsed performance situations. His Autoteatro series tours widely and includes Etiquette, The Quiet Volume, Cue China, OK OK, This is Not My Voice Speaking and The Extra People. Ant often collaborates with other artists, including Tim Etchells, Christophe Meierhans, Britt Hatzius, Gert-Jan Stam, Ivana Müller and Anna Rispoli.
Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment. Exhibiting and presenting work in significant institutions all over the world, he is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University.

by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells
produced by Katja Timmerberg
sound design and edit by Ant Hampton
binaural recordings TiTo Toblerone
commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas