In Spirit was a game created for the Spirit collection at the Natural History Museum.
In one cordoned-off corner of the collection stood shelves of creatures in glass jars so fragile that even looking at them with a grown-up’s eyes might cause them to start to grow faint and then disappear completely. In pairs, one adult and one child, players were asked to help us try and remember what was in the collection. The child would choose three creatures and describe them as best they could, whilst their accompanying adult (blindfolded for the safety of the specimens) had to listen and remember everything that was described to them. At the end of the game each pair were interviewed about what they saw.
Out of those interviews I have created this audio piece. It is intended for listening on headphones either at home or, preferably, whilst walking through the spirit collection at the museum.
The piece has since been recreated for two other contexts, first at the Southbank Centre as part of the Hide&Seek Weekender and then at Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol under the name The Secret Archive for their Weekend of Returns.