In their immersive audio project Visitors, David Rosenberg and Glen Neath of Darkfield Radio assume that social distancing continues into the living room. When you download the app and buy a ticket for this mysterious two-person experience, you are asked to take a seat three meters apart. You then need to put on your best headphones and concentrate. Close your eyes so you can surrender to an unfamiliar world, where every minimal sound is part of a stimulating audio landscape with surprising depth.
There will be no news, no music, and no opinions, the makers promise. However, you and your fellow listener will receive some curious visitors, whose virtual presence becomes chillingly tangible. There is a longing for touch, but just as in the reality of our pandemic, touch is a complex issue. Between you and the other participant, an imaginary space is formed and deformed, in which for 20 minutes perspectives shift and hearing becomes the nerve center of feeling and imagination.