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The Quiet Volume 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 11:20 p.m., Sundays, 12:20 p.m., Tue., Sept. 11, 10:20 a.m. and Wed., Sept. 12, 10:20 a.m. Continues through Sept. 16 2012
Price: $8-10
The silence of a library is a very particular thing: No one is talking, but everyone is thinking, reading, and turning pages. (Unless you’re at the Central Library… then, possibly, someone is shouting about how it’s their turn to use the internet.) Libraries are unique spaces, public but focused, and performance artists Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton take advantage of that peculiarity in their introspective piece The Quiet Volume, which invites two audience members at a time to don headsets and follow whispered cues that lead them through the library’s stacks. The piece—which examines the nature of the reading experience—has been performed in libraries worldwide. ALISON HALLETT

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