'If you are thinking about someone and they don't know it, do you think it still matters?'

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflict. Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. 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 forces 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.

A collaboration between Syrian film-maker Reem Karssli, a group of young Londoners, and artist Caroline Williams. Video design by May Abdalla and Christina Hardinge. Sound design by Keir Vine and Tom Parkinson. Originally produced by Young Vic’s Taking Part.

Caroline Williams is an award-winning artist working in multi-disciplinary participatory performance. Caroline was recently commissioned by MAYK to create Can You Hear Me Now with young theatre makers in Bristol, Kigali and Kampala. Reem Karssli is a Syrian filmmaker and researcher now living in Berlin. Taking Part is Young Vic's strand of participatory work engaging with young people and the theatre's local communities.

“Exquisitely simple and moving. This is a cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria, reminds how sitting in the dark watching a screen only distances us, and actively tries to bring us together to reach out to the real people, just like us, whose lives are blighted by war.”
— Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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