Intimacy and Distance

Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance has now finished broadcasting.

You can still explore the playlists from each of our 'listening rooms', curated by audio artists, Ariana Martinez, Axel Kacoutié and Arlie Adlington, by clicking one of the links below.

Each listening room is accompanied by a full transcript.

Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance took place from 28 October 2020 until 28 February 2021.

About Soundhouse

Soundhouse is a platform for creative radio and podcasting, and a space for reflections on audio culture.

In 2018 it took the form of a pop-up venue at the Barbican, with a focus on communal listening and experimental events in a sensory environment for sound. This year, Soundhouse exists here online, and we explore ideas of Intimacy and Distance through three ‘listening rooms’, and four specially commissioned pieces of writing.

Co-creators Eleanor McDowall and Nina Garthwaite write here about why this theme felt apt for the ‘socially distanced world’ many of us are living in, and how ideas of intimacy and distance have always been intertwined with the way we experience radio.

Read about Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance

Soundhouse was co-created and co-produced by Eleanor McDowall (Falling Tree Productions), and Nina Garthwaite (In The Dark), and the Barbican. Supported by Wellcome. 


Thanks to Paul Bavister (Flanagan Lawrence) for allowing us to use his speculative architectural designs for a Soundhouse installation, Tim Bifield for production advice, Jo Townshend (UCL Partnerships) for many fascinating introductions, Amanda Krause (James Cook University) for her consultancy on radio listening and wellbeing, Mair Bosworth for her advice on making work accessible across a spectrum of hearing and our 207 survey respondents whose insights informed our thinking. And lastly a special thank you to Rachel Williams and Suzanne Zhang for helping us create this online iteration of Soundhouse.

Barbican team: Razia Jordan and Siddharth Khajuria.

Collages and animation by Nina Garthwaite with images on this page courtesy of Paul Bavister, Flanagan Lawrence, Steve Johnson, Steffano Pollio, Nicholas Kwok, Cdoncel, The Blowup, Tyco Atsma.

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