The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid by Rhiannon Armstrong

Where: Foyer, Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull

When: Wednesday, October 5 – Sunday, October 9. 10am-4pm.


The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public, which began as a one-to-one performance. The web version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Space.

Each testimony is performed verbatim, and includes binaural beat technology to induce calming brainwaves in the listener. Visitors may browse the Public Index, choose a testimony to listen to, and are then invited to contribute their own. A text-only version is available for those who do not use headphones, and anonymity is guaranteed.

Rhiannon Armstrong is an interdisciplinary artist known for making emotionally sensitive and critically astute work, often involving the participation of members of the public. She addresses important subjects in an accessible manner, conducting her solo work under the lifelong series title ‘Instructions for Empathetic Living’.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE ARCHIVE IN HULL – You can drop in to this one-to-one experience throughout the festival, free of charge.

“Creates a different kind of approach to most online confessional material, emphasising empathy rather than sensationalism.” – Guardian

“Small moments of defiance that are also celebrations.– Exeunt

“A dichotomy of personal encounter and observational distance… beautifully acheived.” – Caroline Darke, Artvehicle

“Absolutely amazing. Working completely contrary to our quick consumption internet habits, it’s really wonderful.” – Deborah Pearson, Artist

Recommended age: Age 14+ (due to some adult themes).