The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public responding to the question “think of a time when you wanted to say something to someone, but didn’t”.
It is a treasure trove of real life intimate testimonies, delivered with special care to honour the emotions expressed and preserve the anonymity of the people involved.
+ more press links
The Archive was established in 2006 in response to a provocation by curator Ali MacGilp to create a performance for an exhibition entitled ‘There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You’, at Space Station Sixty-Five in London. This one-to-one performance grew and now exists in multiple forms:
- an installation and one-to-one performance that has toured nationally and internationally
- a web-based work at www.unsaidarchive.com (The Space’s inaugural commission for a web-based performance)
- an interactive textile
This project is regularly remade for different contexts including at HMP Feltham Young Offender’s Institute, East Bergholt High School, for Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol, and at various galleries including W139 in Amsterdam, Barbican Gallery, ALMA Enterprises, Propeller Island, Space Station Sixty-Five, Battersea Arts Centre, Pulse Ipswich, SLAP Yorkshire.
+ more about the one-to-one performance
+ more about www.unsaidarchive.com
+ more about the work in non-arts settings
+ more about the textile work
The project began with an invitation to make a performance that would take place in complete darkness.
Rhiannon performs versions of lullabies from around the world, drawing on extensive research from publications and recording archives.
The Lullaby Directory explores in particular those lullabies that express a wish to harm the baby, touch as part of the listening experience, and uses bespoke amplification techniques that turn singing into highly responsive vibrations.
The Lullaby Directory has been shown as:
- a multi-sensory performance taking place in total darkness at Battersea Arts Centre
- a site-specific choral performance at Wellcome Collection Reading Room
- a theatre performance incorporating science fiction writing at The Yard Theatre