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The Quiet Volume – Tues 25th to Sat 29th Feb 2020

by The Leeds Library


The Quiet Volume is a highlight of Leeds Lit Fest. From Tues 25th to Sat 29th Feb book an hour slot to enjoy this immersive masterpiece

Leeds Lit Fest presents

From Tues 25th Feb to Sat 29th Feb experience The Quiet Volume, created by International Live Artist, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells.

The Quiet Volume is an hour long, mesmerising, whispered, self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance for two at a time, exploiting the particular tension common to any library worldwide; a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples’ experiences of reading unfold.

Two participants sit side-by-side. Taking cues from words both written and whispered they find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books. The piece exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience, allowing aspects of what we think of as deeply internal to lean out into the surrounding space, and to leak from one reader’s sphere into another’s. Various time slots are available each day to book.

The Quiet Volume is part of Leeds Lit Fest, and will be hosted by 3 of the city’s finest libraries over a 3 week period thanks to support from The Arts Council.

The dates and venues for The Quiet Volume are as follows:

The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL

Tues 25th Feb to Fri 29th Feb, Various times

Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds. LS1 3AB

Mon 2nd March to Sun 8th March, Various times

Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. LS2 9JT

Tues 10th March to Sun 13th March, Various times

Date and Time

Wed, February 26, 2020

11:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Leeds Library

18 Commercial Street
Leeds, England LS1 6AL United Kingdom

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