Vespers is a sound installation that composes a musical score in real-time, drawn from the online activity of the United Kingdom. Each day, the work begins afresh with a blank score, searching through the vast body of text and sound material posted online across the day, progressively composing a voice-led score that reflects and portrays our day-to-day concerns. Vespers is a secular evensong written for performance at dusk — a period of collective introspection on the day.
Throughout the day, a number of invisible software agents search the web for new material - fragments of conversations within online communities, comments from forums, audio uploads to social media sites - mapping the nation's thoughts, ideas and concerns.
Vespers references the ecclesiastical practice of evensong, a service of evening psalms that serves as a space for communal contemplation and reflection at dusk.
- Southbank Centre, London (28 May — 14 September 2015). Commissioned by the Southbank Centre and World Wide Web Foundation.