Limbo: A film by Sandra Cross

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A hybrid film-journal

Artist and writer Sandra Cross introduces a screening of Limbo; a lament on loss in which 'A landscape haunts as intense as opium.' (Stephane Mallarme1888).

Ten years of writing about and visiting her Mother who had 'Probable Alzheimer's' resulted in a 2,000 page journal and a four-day reading. In this hybrid film journal we hear Sandra's voice overlay the weekly train journey from London-Leicester as she reads the first extract, written in 2006. The recordings were made in public spaces symbiotic with the original writing on the repeated train journey, and the words blend with accompanying mechanical sounds and announcements, piano playing at St Pancras Station, whistles and slamming doors. 

The complete Limbo recordings are available to listen to at the British Library.

Introduced by Stephen Cleary, Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings at the British Library and followed by Q and A with Sandra Cross.

Part of our Season of Sound, the British Library's annual celebration of all things audio.

Explore the British Library’s Sound Archive today and discover over 6.5 million extraordinary recordings covering speech, music, wildlife and the environment.


Name: Limbo: A film by Sandra Cross
Where: Knowledge Centre
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