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Faint Signals

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An image of the Faint Signals digital artwork
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10 Nov 2020 - 3 Jan 2021

Online Event

The British Library has commissioned Yorkshire-based interactive arts studio, Invisible Flock, to produce a new online digital artwork using sounds from wildlife, weather and nature from the Library’s extraordinary collection.

Set in an imagined Yorkshire forest, we invite you to explore a vast online interactive commission rooted in real life natural environments. Faint Signals is a digital experience that reflects the diversity and complexity of Yorkshire’s natural world.

Using just your keyboard arrow keys move through the landscape yourself. Learn more about them through a simple narrative as you playfully bring to life a vivid and complex ecosystem.

While the forest is imagined, the flora, fauna and wildlife you will discover is all scientifically accurate and native to Yorkshire – though some of it is now sadly extinct. There are thousands of combinations to explore so you’ll never have the same experience twice.

The pandemic has slowed transport and industry and given some landscapes an unprecedented absence of human contact. We’ve seen sea eagles return to the Yorkshire Moors and deer taking over corners of East London. And, for the first time in many years, city-dwellers have heard birdsong all day long.

As we contemplate how we live in a world impacted so much by COVID-19, Faint Signals considers our relationship with shared spaces and the natural world, as well as with sound, and how human impact has changed this over time.

Part of Light Night Leeds, an annual free multi-arts and light festival, Faint Signals is part of the British Library's growing culture and learning programme in and around Leeds, where we have had a presence for over 50 years at Boston Spa

Faint Signals is available through modern browsers (such as Chrome or Firefox) but is not currently optimised for mobile devices. Please note it contains flashing images. 

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

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British Library
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  • Free Event
  • Family friendly
  • Exhibitions
  • Online
  • Visual Art
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