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COMA and EULOGY featured on Arts Hub | DARKFIELD Melbourne

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Imagine being deprived of your sight in a small, cold enclosure with similarly confused strangers and trying to grasp what exactly is going on as your mind floats between what’s real and what’s suggested. This is the world of DARKFIELD, a highly sophisticated aural sensory experience that has just added two new iterations, COMA and EULOGY, to its suite of eerie soundscapes to mark its Victorian premiere.


The effect is nothing short of discombobulating and even frightening. For COMA we were directed to lie flat on our backs in bunk beds and directed (if we wanted) to take a pill that’s carefully placed nearby. This hospital-like setting is commandeered by a man with a stentorian, hypnotic voice. The buzz of a petulant bee, random murmurs and the smell of brewed coffee are interspersed with his voice, which can sound unnervingly near, as though he were standing by your shoulder about to do you some unspecified act of harm.

In EULOGY you have to sit in a small cage that’s opened at the front and subsequently jolts with the sensation of moving up and down in a rickety lift. Here you have a chaperone who is supposed to help you. But why are you here? And what exactly are their responsibilities? The story that’s ostensibly set in a hotel of many levels is as disturbing as the one in Coma. Being disembodied in the dark and submerged in 360 degree sounds, with no other guides except the whispers, bangs, commands and questions in your ear has the dual effect of making you feel both vulnerable and exhilarated.

DARKFIELD'S COMA and EULOGY are for those who want to feel a frisson of horror, who want to silently scream when something untoward creaks in the night and who want to submit to the thrall of suggestive storytelling.


Get tickets to DARKFIELD here.


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