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From the 18th -21st July the Invisible Picture Palace pitched up in the Faraway Forest of the Latitude Festival. The theme of the forest this year was ‘Neuroscience vs. Sex: What Defines Me?’ which was explored through a series of performances, talks and art installations.

And what better way to explore the darker recesses of the mind than through sound? To this end, In The Dark teamed up with the fabulous Samara Tompsett to bring festival-goers a tailor-made cinema for the ears (with swings!). See pics here >>

As well as our themed sessions we led a little “Group Listening Therapy” which gave festival goers a chance to have their problems solved through sound stories. Check out some of the problems (including ones from Germaine Greer and Keith Allen) here >>

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In The Dark is a collective of radio producers, podcasters and audio enthusiasts. We aim to create a mini-revolution in the way we think about the art of spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and curating it in new and unusual ways.

We are best known for our monthly listening events which take place in various packed-out venues throughout London. In The Dark has curated listening sessions for the Whitechapel Gallery, The Wellcome Collection, The Wapping Project, The British Library, amongst many others. We have gained lots of nice reviews in the press and online, including The Guardian and The Sunday Times and last year we were featured in Time Out’s “2012 Things to do in London”. The Londonist described our listening events as “the next big thing in nights out”.

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Samara Tompsett is a prop maker/stylist and set designer. Born on the south coast of England, Samara moved to London in 2003 where she studied at London College of Fashion and then went on to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art.

Samara works predominantly within the fashion industry, encompassing editorial, window display and moving image, for clients including Dunhill, i-D Magazine, Hunger Magazine, Selfridges, Fashion East, Argon Magazine, House of Fraser, Velour Magazine, Burberry, Harvey Nichols and Jimmy Choo.

As well as fashion, Samara’s work also spans events, music videos and interiors. Her clients ranging from Adidas to Reverend J W Simpson, Latitude Festival, Boucheron and Secret Cinema. Samara likes to build her own designs, keeping out-sourcing to a minimum. While versatile her signature style is often to use paint effects to create seemingly authentic spaces within the artificial environment of the studio. She draws her inspiration largely from fine art.



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