Dr Duncan Speakman

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  • Position:Programme Leader MA Virtual Extended Realities
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261

About me

Duncan is an artist and composer working with mobile audio and locative media. Since 1999 he has been creating narrative experiences that engage audiences emotionally and physically in uncontrolled environments. From intimate in-ear stories to large scale performances, his award-winning projects range from sound installations on Guangzhou tram networks and loudspeaker symphonies in Christchurch, to performative audio walks in Saitama and radio works for the BBC. His recent audio augmented reality project ‘Only Expansion’ won Best Immersive/XR experience at London Film Festival and the Special Jury award for Immersive Non-fiction at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. 

Duncan completed his PhD at UWE Bristol, exploring compositional and temporal structures of augmented reality and their relationship to current ecological debate. He has taught on the MA Art Science at Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, on locative media at the Hong Kong Design Institute, technology and performance at Dartington College for The Arts, and in 2022 he led the MA in Immersive Storytelling at Royal Holloway.

His current research explores the role of augmented audio in critical ecology and speculative futures, and he continues to wrap his questions in melancholy and romance

A full portfolio can be found at https://duncanspeakman.net


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