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MATTHEW D READING

SÉANCE IN TWO MOVEMENTS



Matthew D. Reading,
Séance in Two Movements


An audience is seated within a theater. House lights on to encourage conversation. Hidden microphones surround the audience, as do hidden speakers. After several minutes, the microphones begin recording ambient conversation. The recordings are then played through the speakers at a very low volume. Delay of no more than six seconds. Individual speakers and microphones are paired for maximum spatial effect. Volume increases slowly. Eventually, the microphones are picking up not only live conversation but recorded conversation as well. After twenty-five minutes, the theater should be engulfed in a palimpsest of chatter. Lights dim slowly, volume decreasing at same rate.

Silence, darkness.

Curtain rises on nearly bare stage. Spotlight on figure sitting at table down center. On the table is a telephone with a microphone next to its speaker. The figure is still for several moments before dialing a number at random. Audience hears call being placed over speaker phone. When the recipient of the phone call answers, they hear their voice amplified throughout the theater. Spotlight fades at dial tone, curtain descends at recorded operator message with volume decreasing to silence.