Theatrical Latency: Walking Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters

Allen, Richard (2016) Theatrical Latency: Walking Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters.

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Official URL: 10.1080/23322551.2016.1224477


In this article I introduce the term ‘theatrical latency’ as a pleasurable effect experienced when listening to sound in relation to visual perception. Latency refers to both the phenomena of audio delay (in feedback from analogue to digital conversion and the momentary lapses experienced when playing live with recorded music) and a theatrical sensation that comes from the reanimation of visual environments through aural framing. In this configuration, the notion of latency takes on a double meaning as both a recorded phenomenon and the retrieval of something dormant within physical objects, sites or materials. These ideas will be introduced through my experience of walking Katrina Palmer’s site-specific audio work The Loss Adjusters (2015) on the island of Portland (UK). The audio tracks create an extended meditation on Portland, interweaving specific locations and histories with fictional characters and ghosts of the island.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: B Philosophy (General), N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR, NX Arts in general
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 04:26

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