The Diary

Installation view of The Diary. A small room is staged on a carpet, with a bright light on a desktop.


Installation containing the audio diary of a future migrant as they deal with the effects of climate change, in particular, a rise in Wet Bulb Temperatures. It records their thoughts and feelings about living and working outside the city gates, how they are coping with living in slum conditions and the brutal nature of the manual work they have to do for poor wages. 

The installation contains a tape player with their recorded dairy, a hacked radio player with a distorted radio station from the city and beyond, and light which pulses and cuts out with the intermittent nature of the power in the area. 

The work is about what a potential near future might look like if climate change evolves to allow dangerous temperatures to rise and the gap between the rich and poor is allowed to continue to grow.

Created By:

Ben Fredericks [Collaborations]
Mateus Domingos – Creative Technologist 
Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs – Designer 
Tassawar Yasin – The Migrant
Angel Rossell De Pablos – Sound Design
Les Hayden – Radio Music

Additional Sound Credits:

Public Domain Gramophone Track Provided by
Static Radio sound by kMoon CC BY 3.0


Higher resolution installation photographs are available upon request as well as a 3D scan of the installation.

All installation photography courtesy of Nick Hamer

Funded by