A Creative Development showing
Careful: she might hear you.
Earshot is a work-in-development driven by Kate’s lifetime obsession of eavesdropping on the private conversations of complete strangers.
For two weeks in February, Kate will be in anonymous residence in public St. Kilda locations, listening in to your spoken exchanges. Situated with laptop in hand and a touch-typing speed of 40 words per minute, she’ll take note of your arguments, your negotiations, your lists of ailments, your tender endearments, your children’s tantrums, and your private utterances. She’ll be writing them down and using them later.
Built using overheard stories gathered from the general public in cafes, parks and trams, Earshot is an epic poem of eavesdropping, combining the Homeric tradition of oral storytelling with voice-activated text projection to offer a fly-on-the-wall insight into the lives of others: personal, epic, comic and sometimes devastating.
Concept, Creation & Performance: Kate Hunter
Technical Consultan: Jem Savage
Performance, Sound Composition: Josephine Lange
Lighting design: Gina Gascoigne
Earshot has been supported by the Besen Family Foundation and City of Yarrra through ‘Performance Investigations.’