"Implosion" at Cafe OTO Project Space

Site specific sound installation by Jacek Szczepanek & Szczepan Orłowski


20 - 25 October
Monday 20 October, 
Opening: 6pm 

Tuesday 21 - Friday 24 October
: 3pm - 8pm

Saturday 25 October: 
12pm - 6pm
OTO Project Space
18-22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL



Jacek Szczepanek / casting, sound

Szczepan Orłowski / text, casting

running time: 19 mins

Implosion is a sound installation of words. The voices of many Londoners tell us a single story of a person sonically isolated from the outside world. The voices sound out the text revealing details of language, delivery and accent which are then organised as music. 

You might find yourself strolling through the character's lunatic imagination as they're exposed to unusual occurrences (meeting a firebird, diving into a tunnel, finding a sinister philharmonic) or bouncing off the words like in a pinball machine. Immerse yourself in the spatial sound setup or get up and look for other sound sources in Cafe OTO’s Project Space. 

The installation is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

Jacek Szczepanek, born in 1984 in Warsaw, listens to both people and sounds. He gained experience in ethnographic interview in Indonesia, Syria, Poland and Germany. As a PhD candidate at the University of the Arts in Berlin he compares the significance of computers as musical instruments inside and outside the cradles of software development. As a sound designer he is keen on field recording, like in his sonic exploration of the largest Polish open pit coal mine (Bełchatów, 2013). He prefers locating his sound art in a community, as in Concert for Housing Estate Yells (Warsaw, 2012, 2013), made together with people from a high-rise residential area and played back on their streets. 

Szczepan Orłowski, born in 1989 in Białystok. He debuted as playwright with And Iphigenia (Teatr Nowy, Łódź, 2012), for which he was awarded the city’s theatre critics’ prize, Golden Mask. Author/co-author of several plays and adaptations staged in main Polish and European theatres. At the moment graduating MA in Text and Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Birkbeck College, London. Orłowski explores an intertextual literary form, transforming and redefining the heritage of philosophy and cultural criticism. He portrays society by exploring the individual involved in a web of oppressive relationships.

With Meryem Adil, Minelle Ali, Erik Aydin, Cara Bamford, David Charles, Ben Croll, Nayana Fernandez, Maura Framose, Kiril Gotsov, Ben Jones, Esther Jones, David Kiraly, Sam Lawrence, Richard Mulholland, Alastair Reid, Benjamin Roderick, Miriam Sherwood, Jenny Sutton, Graham Thompson, Patricia Torres, Joe Valek, Michelle Wei, Sam Wiltshire and others.

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