Listening Project

Conversation between husband and wife, Kārlis and Shirley, about taking part in American photographer Spencer Tunick's 'Sea of Hull' installation.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Listening Project Booth: Castle Douglas

  • Interviewees

    Prahms, Shirley, 1950- (female), Prahms, Kārlis, 1944- (male)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Scotland - Listening Project Booth

  • Recordist

    McArthur, Victoria

  • Abstract

    Retired husband and wife, Kārlis and Shirley, discuss taking part in American photographer and artist Spencer Tunick's 'Sea of Hull' installation. Both follow Tunick's work with interest so when they had the chance to take part they jumped at it. They recount their day in Hull, where Kārlis had originally arrived as a child refugee from Latvia, and describe how all 3,000 participants had to paint themselves in a specific shade of blue. When everyone was assembled in different parts of the city the image represented a 'sea' of people. Shirley recalls being praised by a young woman and how that felt meaningful because old age can mean that you often get overlooked. She also talks about how emotional it felt to be taking part in something like that in the city where Kārlis had first arrived as a refugee.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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    Photograph of participants

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