In Prime Time, we visit an apartment block. Standing outside and wearing headphones, we watch what happens on several floors of the building: as well as listen in. Like detectives investigating a crime never committed, we can spy on the residents and hear their conversations.
The separate activities are more closely connected than it seems at first – as links, reflections and duplications unfold, the residents’ evening rituals begin to look like they are coordinated, almost as if the after-work activities are part of a large-scale conspiratorial choreography. In this way, the piece becomes an acoustic magnifier for an entire building, each window a peep-hole revealing what lies behind the facade of a small social unit: the apartment block.