Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflict. It is a provocation against armchair passivity.

Through rare on the ground footage it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of being housebound during the early years of the Syrian conflict. We see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs. Together they co-author an experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to the human story behind the news.

Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forced her to leave her camera behind, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.

Its just over three hours since I’ve seen it, and I’d be surprised if in 3 years I’ve fully understood what it’s done to me.
— Tim X Atack

Lead artists: Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli
Sound Artist: Tom Parkinson
Video Artist: Christina Hardinge
Associate Sound Design: Lewis Gibson
Production Manager: Andrew Crofts

Young Vic young people: Yiga Cowie, Denneil Dunbar, Femi Fuwad Adenola, Sohaila Ferrier, Edward Garlick, Riona Millar, Ernesto Reyes Fox, Monty Taylor and Alice Tyrrell

Originally produced by Young Vic Taking Part

Original creative team May Abdalla (video) and Keir Vine (sound)

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing was reworked for Mayfest 2018 and ran from 10-20 May at Arnolfini. 

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is available for touring. If you are interested in booking the work please contact Kate