The Quiet Volume

Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells


US Premiere

New Media

Apr 29 - May 5

The Quiet Volume, a collaboration between Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience. A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, two audience members sit side-by-side taking cues from words both written and whispered – via an iPod and headphones – and find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books. Available in English and Spanish.

Co-presented by Performance Space 122 and PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

Single Tickets $10

For an audience of two; tickets can be purchased individually or in pairs
Please arrive 10 minutes before your ticketed time

Duration: 55 minutes – 1 hour

Also as part of PS122 Spring Season & PEN World Voices Festival:
Cue China (Elsewhere, Offshore)



Ant Hampton is a performance maker, writer and director. He founded Rotozaza (1998 – 2008), a project which has explored the use of instructions given to unrehearsed “guest” performers, both on stage and, more recently, within more intimate structures sustained and played-out by the audience themselves (Autoteatro). Since 2008 he has initiated a number of collaborations: True Riches, with Tim Etchells; GuruGuru, with Joji Koyama and Sam Britton; The Bench, with Glen Neath. He continues an ongoing exploration of “live portraiture” with Greg McLaren as “The Other People” (La Otra Gente): structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. He was chief dramaturge for “Projected Scenarios” at Manifesta 7 European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Italy. He has contributed to projects by Jérôme Bel and Forced Entertainment.


Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts and is the artistic director of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is the author of Certain Fragments (Routledge, 1999) and published his first novel The Broken World with Heinemann in 2008. He has exhibited widely in venues including MACBA, Barcelona (2009), Göteborg Biennial (2009), Art Sheffield (2008), Manifesta 7 (2008). He is currently Legacy: Thinker in Residence (2009–2010) at Tate Research and LADA in London.

The Ninth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, New York City, April 29-May 5, 2013. Writers from across the globe explore bravery in art, politics and personal life. The program will examine writers’ impact on political transformations in recent global hot spots such as Burma, Palestine, South Africa, Haiti, and Guantanamo Bay—as well as honor those small acts of bravery displayed in everyday life. Join us for a variety of events including panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances at venues crisscrossing the city. PEN will feature several events in association with The Public Theater, a center for culture, arts and ideas, and partner with The Standard, High Line; and The Standard, East Village, serving as Festival hub

Direction / concept – Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells
Binaural recordings – TiTo Toblerone
All foreign language versions direction – Ant Hampton
Creative Production – Katja Timmerberg

English version:
First voice – Ant Hampton
Child’s voice – Seth Etchells
Third voice – Jenny Naden

Spanish version:
Translation: Luz Algranti and Paula Porroni
Assistant director – Luz Algranti
First voice – Diego Jalfen
Child’s voice – Boris Villamarin
Third voice – Ana Baidembaum

The Quiet Volume was commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas and developed in co-production between HAU Berlin and Schauspielhaus Zürich in collaboration with Goethe-Institute Warschau, Teatr Nowy and the Foundation of Teatr Nowy. Additional commissioning support by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Swiss Cultural foundation Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute Buenos Aires and Vooruit (BE). New York presentation supported by the British Council.

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