Brief Reminder

Audio Installation

Images: © Tim Etchells

Brief Reminder consists of an occasional text delivered over a loudspeaker system by an authoritative male voice, saying: “This is a brief reminder that you are going to die”.

Modelled on announcements in public spaces like railway stations and shopping malls, the declaration/warning mixes pleasant, moderately cheerful and functional tones of delivery. The announcement comes on throughout the day, apparently at random, at intervals ranging between 15 and 45 minutes.