Testing Times is an immersive audio experience which creates an unfiltered and unromanticized portrait of family life during a global pandemic. In 2021 I collaborated with my 18 year old son Jim to create a soundscape which captured our conflicting and contrasting experiences of lockdown life, living together in our small two bedroom London flat.
Testing Times begins with over 50 hours of phone calls and voicemails, with friends and family recorded during multiple lockdowns in the UK. We hear the monumental bust ups, when tempers fray and doors slam. But we also hear the camaraderie and humour as Jim and I live our increasingly separate lives side by side.
Testing Times was supported by the IDFA DocLab R and D program and was in competition at the 2021 IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling