The Stranger

The Stranger

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The Stranger is a 20'00" radio art narrative of multiple voices in overheard conversations. We will never know the richness of these narratives unless we listen to the stranger next to us. It has been exhibited and broadcast internationally. Listen to The Stranger.

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The Stranger begins with the opening musical score to the 1946 film noir The Stranger starring and directed by Orson Welles. Samples of contemporary BBC interviews with Bobby Womack, Werner Herzog, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Earl Jones, Ringo Starr, Mitch Benn, Tracey Emin, Suzanne Moore, Roger Waters, and others follows. Counterpoint to these conversations are samples of Albert Camus reading from his novel L'etranger (The Stranger) for French radio in 1954, just three years before he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Camus published his novel in 1946, when he was twenty-two years old. Also sampled is Jonathan Davis reading from an English translation audiobook of Camus' novel. This overlay of multiple voices might seem absurd, but nearby strangers are rich in their own narrative worlds of thoughts and experiences, all unknown unless we listen to them speaking.