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Duncan Speakman: Only Expansion


Winner of the Special Jury Award for Immersive Non-Fiction at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)

As sea levels rise and wildfires burn, Only Expansion remixes the sound of the city around you to create and experience of how your own life might change in the future. A guidebook prompts you to explore the city, choosing your own route, while headphones with customised electronics capture and manipulate the sounds around you.

Voices of passers-by become a choir, bus brakes create pulsating rhythms, these might then be blended with desert winds from Tunisia or the coasts of Norfolk, you hear what your own city would sound like if it were underwater. A visceral and poetic reflection on what it means to live on a planet in crisis.

Only Expansion connects the here to the elsewhere, letting you experience our tangled ecology through sound.


Created by Duncan Speakman

Music: Sarah Anderson and Duncan Speakman

Book design: Tom Abba

Technical support: Steve Symons

Production assistant: Will Taylor

Lasercut design: Fiona Dowling

Only Expansion was developed with support from Season For Change, Watershed, University of Exeter Arts and Culture, Arts Council England, Theatre in The Mill, Lydgalleriet.

'A transporting, time-shifting, epic, unsettling and moving walk. I know that this is a complex, detailed creation, but it’s beauty is in the simple act of being on my own, in my familiar day, looking and then looking again at the space that no longer has me in it. the world turns.'  Kate Yedigaroff, Director, MAYK Mayfest

'Only Expansion is unlike any other audio walk I have done - and i have done A LOT. It is beautifully composed and looks after its audience at every stage of the experience. It both deeply roots you to the city you are in and deftly articulates the fragility of other places. It is transporting, devastating and timely. Finally this genre is moving on to deal with the important issues of our time and am excited about the impact this will achieve.' Clare Reddington, CEO, Watershed

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