Recorded Delivery [1995/2009]

A sound activated tape recorder travels overnight through the UK Post Office via Recorded Delivery service.

The dictaphone automatically edits the 15 hour journey down to a 72min recording, capturing only the significant sounds right up until the parcel is signed for at the end, where it is to be exhibited in a self storage building. The highlight is the early morning post office workers talking dirty about things that they wished had happened the night before. Serendipity working wonders.

Created for the group show 'Self Storage' curated by Artangel with Brian Eno and Laurie Anderson, Acorn Self Storage, Wembley, London.

The installation was originally produced in 1995, and revised in 2009 to show the work in a Royal Mail postbag with the sound emerging from within.

The film below documents the original production