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Duncan Speakman (UK 1976) is a composer and director of the artists collective ‘Circumstance’. Originally trained as a sound engineer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, he moved to Bristol in 1999 where he began developing interactive documentary projects and installations. Since 2005 he has focused on mobile audio and locative media, developing work where the line between audience and performer becomes continually questioned, creating socially relevant experiences that engage audiences emotionally and physically in uncontrolled spaces. These experiences take many forms, from mass participation performances and intimate in-ear stories, to books, installations and workshops.
He established Circumstance in 2010 as a framework for collaborations with Sarah Anderson and Emilie Grenier, and now with Tom Abba as co-director.
His own work and that of Circumstance is regularly presented internationally and recent exhibitions include Times Museum (Guangzhou), Saitama Triennial (Tokyo), Microwave (HK), Mayfest (Bristol), Z33 (Hasselt) TPAM (Tokyo), Kontraste (Krems), SonicActs (Amsterdam), Playpublik (Berlin), MOCA (Taipei), Vooruit (Gent), MediaCity (Seoul) and ArteMov (Sao Paulo), Barbican (London), FutureEverything (Manchester), Edinburgh Film Festival, and Soho Theatre (London).