Insights into Confessions

Libby Battaglia – Creative Director

Libby is the Creative Director and leads on the creative process of all Audacious projects.  The idea for most of our work usually starts with an ambition to find a solution to a problem.  In response to Covid-19 we wanted to create an interactive space, for people to feel safe, share their secrets and without any judgement from others.  When we started researching the theory behind confessing, we discovered there is strong evidence suggesting any type of open and truthful confession reduces stress and helps individuals come to terms with their behaviour. There is also extraordinarily strong evidence that writing about upsetting experiences or dark secrets can benefit your mental and physical well-being.  Having been so moved by the collection of the public’s hopes and faith created at Light up Poole in 2020 Libby wanted to develop a project to dig deeper into the human psyche.   When Covid-19 broke out we were surprised at the amount of online policing across the country and thought by building an anonymous platform people could not only release any guilt, but it is such a unique way to learn more about human psyche. 

We approached Ashley first and commissioned him to create an interactive 360 online audience experience to bring this vision to life. We commissioned Ashley 2018 and 2019 and he has created some beautiful light artwork using interactive projection and video mapping and we wanted to bring some of this talent online.  With the concept in place it was then all about how it becomes an engaging artwork and this is what Ashley has managed to do.  Libby then brought in  a team of creatives to support the project including Josh Pyman (videographer), Sofia Stephanou (Digital Producer), Steve Cowland (Graphic Designer) and Nick Churchill (Writer).

Ashley Wilkie – Artist

Ashley’s work utilises his video production techniques from a motion graphics background, infused with physical light-based elements that focus on alternative mediums outside the screen such as projection mapping and immersive installations. Alternative mediums provide the unique opportunity to take content from the screen and into a physical landscape, creating unique and enchanting spectacles. Ashley uses graphic design, 3D animation, creative coding, and installation design to produce new provocative ideas that explore an ever changing digital landscape of possibilities through innovative technology.

We challenged Ashley to create an interactive audience experience that was safe and anonymous that showed off both his artistic practices and his digital ability.  We have had several iterations during this time and spent weeks developing Confessions during the Covid-19 period. He has used a range of digital tools from web, video and code to create this experience for Audiences to discover and engage with.

Josh Pyman – Videographer

Josh has worked with Audacious since 2019 and has overseen the video production for the confessions project.  Due to the current situation this has been all through stock footage, screen recordings and archive footage.

Video content is an important element for a project like this as it helps us reach out to audiences and engage them in a way that demonstrates exactly what the project is about and how it all works.  It is important for people to understand and feel safe using the Confessions platform, and video content is a visual way to help people understand what the project is and feel more comfortable using the platform.

Sofia Stephanou – Digital Producer

Sofia is an experienced senior producer of theatre, film, and live performance with a wealth of experience of working and touring productions across the UK and internationally. She is passionate about large scale community projects, audience development, reach, creative and audience development and work that focuses on social change and impact. She is creating social media strategy, creating, and posting content for social channels, working with artists, and building contacts to engage with Audacious’ new and immersive digital gallery platform ‘Confessions’.

Steve Cowland – Graphic Designer

Steve has been working with Audacious since 2018 on Light Up Poole and Lighthouse Creative Engagement Projects. Having enjoyed many years working within the International Music Industry he has finally found his passion in regional Arts and Independent Theatre and Music. Steve is always keen to tap into the creative heart of our projects looking at every angle possible to achieve our goal. 

Nick Churchil – Writer

Nick has written books, short stories, plays, poems, artist biographies and speeches. A journalist by trade, he helps communicate to our audiences producing website content, production scripts, brochure copy and press releases. He has this incredible ability to immediately understand what it is we need and how it needs to be written and turns our jumbled creative jargon into something that our audiences engage with and find interesting to read. 

The Confessions Gallery Voices

Many Thanks to our volunteers from around the world who sent in recordings of confessions, you brought us so much joy listening to them – THANK YOU!