Concept by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
St George’s Hall
14th September 2006
Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Well of course you do.
How could it be otherwise in a society as competitive as ours? But a couple
of hundred people in the Small Concert Hall got that feeling again at
the Silent Sound show.
As the lights began to get dimmer and people reached their seats, Ciarán
O’Keefe from Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’ programme
began to address the audience. He promised an incredible experience.
“Tonight, any theory that you may have previously held about the
inner machinations of the mind, any theory about our senses beyond our
normal five, certainly any thoughts about the very nature of silence,
all will be left behind in the very space that you occupy now.”
In my case, his wild claims could not have been further from the truth.
During the performance, Forsyth and Pollard were seated onstage inside
a soundproof booth, inspired by a Victorian 'spirit cabinet'. They repeated
a single sentence throughout the twenty minutes, while a small orchestra
played note-perfectly and lights flickered slightly. This spoken statement
was then allegedly embedded into a live music recital. The message was
inaudible to the audience's ears, but was supposedly transmitted to our
As the lights came up and people began to move off, there was a rumbling
sound beneath the floorboards, followed by a second of screeching feedback
and a couple of screams from people in the audience. Someone asked, “Was
Yes. Good job it was a free event. Like with other ‘paranormal’
shows, I’m sure those who wanted to believe found something to believe
in. The rest of us just got to spend half an hour in a room with statues
and a chandelier.
The St George’s Hall show will be broadcast from 15th September
at the Blade Factory in Greenland Street. An audio recording of the live
performance will be incorporated into a large-scale installation.