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With My Ear to the Wall is a tactile audio installation of tumblers, placed to the wall. Inciting empathy, curiosity and a sense of closeness, With My Ear to the Wall is an opportunity to eavesdrop on the tender insights of the lives of strangers. Created with local people.

With My Ear to the Wall is an intimate and tactile audio installation. Inciting empathy, a sense of closeness and an almost voyeuristic curiosity, With My Ear to the Wall is an opportunity to eavesdrop on the tender insights of the lives of strangers.  

Each tumbler is designed to be placed against the wall and shares the voice of a person with experience of health-based isolation / extended periods of time spent at home. 

Jenny Gaskell is a Manchester-based artist who has a history of anxiety and depression. One of her best friends has a long-term health condition which means she’s not always able to leave the house for stretches of time.  

Her friend said to her once: 

‘I wonder if people forget I exist, because they just don’t see me around’. 

With My Ear to the Wall creates ways to help us remain connected to people who are not always in the room and to listen to perspectives which are at risk of not being heard. 

You can access the work remotely at WithMyEarToTheWall.com (password: CLOSER) 

3D printed tumblers are made with recycled, recyclable and biodegradable plastic.

Credits

With My Ear to the Wall was created by Jenny Gaskell 

Creative Technologist and Tumbler Designer: Chris Ball
Graphic and Digital Designer: Lisa Mattocks
Audio Mastering: Serafin Dinges  

With My Ear to the Wall was created with support of Lowri Evans, Cambridge Junction, HOME, Lancaster Arts, a-n & Arts Council England.  

North-West Collection was created with the support of Lancaster Arts & Manchester Cares. Cambridge collection was created with the support of Cambridge Junction & The Edge. 

About Jenny Gaskell

Jenny Gaskell is a Manchester-based artist. She makes work which is a combination of performance and participation. She has made work in parks, parties, b&b bedrooms, trams and snooker halls. She’s interested in connection, art that happens in everyday places and creating scenarios for people to take agency. Learn more here

A person crouching down on their needs next to a wall and installation

  • Price
    Free
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    Suitable for all ages!
  • Running
    TBC
  • Booking info

    Please note, you do not need to book this event. This is a free exhibition at Contact – just turn up!

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