The Dark

The Dark


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© Braunarts

© Braunarts

Braunarts - The Dark

  • 22 March - 30 April 2004
  • Event
  • Location: Dana Centre

The Dark was a unique experience where audiences explored a specially created three-dimensional audio environment in which the echoes of virtual ghosts inhabited a haunted soundscape. Based in the 18th century, when Britain ruled the worlds of shipping and commerce, and created vast profits from the slave trade, The Dark used ghosts and 'ghostliness' as metaphors for the dark and hidden aspects of our past. Participants relied on their ears and imagination to find their way through a maze of troubled ghosts to unlock the mysteries of their lives. Characters included Edward Rushton, a sailor who was appalled at the treatment of the human cargo, but who caught a disease that turned him blind as a result of passing food and water to the slaves.

An online version of the project can be found at

The Dark was devised and produced by the BAFTA-award-winning team at Braunarts and was one of the first projects to be commissioned by Culture Online - an initiative from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport designed to increase access to, and participation in, arts and culture.

About the artist

Braunarts uses digital media and interactive technologies to touch audiences in new and unique ways.

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