• Lead Artist

    Duncan Speakman

  • UK 2019. 40min

  • Language


Where to watch

7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 October, 11:00 to 17:00, Foyer BFI Southbank

Places can be reserved at the LFF For Free desk in the BFI Southbank foyer from 10am on the day of the event. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. If you have reserved a place, you must arrive at least 15 minutes before the event start time or your place may be reallocated.

As sea levels rise and wildfires burn, Only Expansion remixes the sound of the city around you to conjure up a sonic portrait of how your life might change in the future. A beautifully produced guidebook prompts you to explore London’s South Bank; you can choose your own route as customized headphones capture and manipulate the sounds that surround you. Field recordings of climate collapse bleed into this environment – you might hear your city as it sinks beneath waves or is battered by desert winds. A powerful and impressionistic reflection on what it means to live on a planet in crisis, Only Expansion connects the here to the elsewhere, letting you experience our troubled environment through sound.

Ulrich Schrauth

Age recommendation: U

  • Creator

    Duncan Speakman

  • Music

    Sarah Anderson, Duncan Speakman

  • Book Design

    Tom Abba

  • Technical Support

    Steve Symons

  • Production Assistant

    Will Taylor

  • Only Expansion was developed with support from Season for Change

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