We See Fireworks

Helen Cole

Mon 18 Apr 2011
Tue 19 Apr 2011
Wed 20 Apr 2011
Thu 21 Apr 2011
Fri 22 Apr 2011
Sat 23 Apr 2011

Fountain Room

Tamsin Drury

We See Fireworks is an installation and a performance archive of audience voices. A curated programme of memories whispered softly into the darkness, and spinning stories as if the moment were still unfolding.

Over 250 recordings reveal the evocative memories of performative moments. Whispered by strangers, these words sear into our consciousness, until our deepest memories become yours. They talk of religious ceremonies, accidents, lovers’ meetings, loss, homesickness, adolescence, fair grounds, car parks, fetish clubs and school halls.

The installation runs in the Barbican’s Fountain Room during every day of the Festival. If you would like to add your voice to this growing collection be sure to book a slot when you arrive to embed your memory.

15 minute slots, one person at a time between 4.30 – 9 pm on Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 April.

Artist Profile

Helen Cole is the Director of Inbetween Time Productions and the Inbetween Time Festival, one of the leading performance contexts for contemporary performance and live art in the UK. She is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award for Exceptional Cultural Entrepreneurs.


“All the energy gets sucked into that final moment and after all the laughter and the chaos and the craziness and the beauty, everything just vanishes like a star imploding.” Anonymous, London 2009

Photo credit: Tamsin Drury