Over four weeks of the summer, Emma Frankland worked with twenty-five members of Brighton’s trans (including non-binary) community to archive their thoughts and feelings using Umbrellium’s VoiceOver radio boxes.
Each week there was a moment of communal listening for participants, where the radio boxes broadcast a 30-minute audio performance made exclusively for them by a trans artist. They were then invited to record and upload thoughts, poems, songs or anything that they wanted to share with the community.
Broadcasts were created by Travis Alabanza, Ren Steadman, Morgan M Page and AllSorts Youth Project.
Whenever anyone at home recorded something on their radio box, a banner embedded with LED lights located outside the Marlborough Pub & Theatre responded in real-time by displaying their chosen colour. As participation grew, the banner filled with coloured lights – symbolising all their growing contributions.
The final output of VoiceOver Brighton will be an exhibition at Pop-Up Brighton of the LED banner and radio boxes that will broadcast another specially created audio work for all of Brighton to hear, and a private audio work just for trans identified people.
VoiceOver Brighton is a project by Umbrellium in collaboration with Emma Frankland commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival.
Emma Frankland: www.notyetarobot.co.uk