Talia Randall grew up listening to experimental radio shows such as Chris Morris’ Jam, which bring together seemingly disparate elements to create a distinctive atmosphere. Talia has carried this influence with her throughout her career, from broadcasting to writing and performing spoken word and cabaret. Her work has been varied, but the central theme throughout has been to question what is available to people, and the visible and invisible barriers they face.
Lockdown brought into sharp focus the idea of open space and crucially, who has access to it. Reflecting on this, Talia began to develop the concept of Weeds & Wildflowers to explore who gets to enjoy nature and who does not, while celebrating the people and stories behind the wildlife through the window boxes and community gardens of UK council estates and working-class neighbourhoods.Talia Randall, Audio Lab Creator says: “I love how personal and intimate audio can be. I like that you can really listen to someone in a way that you can’t always visually. And when we think about nature, we don’t normally think about urban nature or council estates. So it’s a nice way for a listener to be immersed in and challenge some of the ideas about what nature is and what it sounds like.”