Notes on Devils is a transcription of my audio drama The Devil Museum — a script — which, with the benefit of time, I have re-read, reconsidered, and annotated.
In The Devil Museum, we listen to the audio diary of a man tasked with photographing all 3,000 devil sculptures in a nearby museum. As the project begins to fail and the protagonist spends more time alone in their wooden cabin, the narrative moves subtly into subjects such as boredom, masculinity, and isolation. They cannot start their project because they’ve lent their entire working budget to a character named Martin, who’s constantly promising yet failing to pay him back. In Notes on Devils, we learn how Martin is a construct, an amalgamation of my real-life male friends and acquaintances who have awkwardly found themselves in adulthood. Through my annotations, I elaborate on these influences, thinking through them to eventually imagine new scenes in the piece. Scenes in which these real-life relationships and the forms of masculinity at play within them can also be reimagined.
Notes on Devils was designed by Rudy Guedj and is published by Building Fictions. Accompanying the book is an unedited archive of field recordings made in 2018 whilst on residency in Lithuania. You can order a copy of the book here.
Published by Building Fictions in an edition of 400
Text: Jacob Dwyer
Design: Rudy Guedj
Editing: Christiane Blattmann, Harriet Foyster
Proofreading: Harriet Foyster Printing: Black and white offset print on Munken Print White 210×297 mm