Thursday, 15 May 2008

Tracts - 22 May to 6 June - Blindside Gallery

forwarded from Ben Byrne:
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Tracts is a group show of sound installations at Melbourne's Blindside
Gallery that examines the role of sound in the world. The exhibition
explores how sound can shape our understandings of our surroundings and
ourselves, bringing into question the nature of space within a gallery and
the role of the subject in experience. Assembled by several of Australia's
premier emerging sound artists, the exhibition invites the audience to
enter, surround, and interact with the installations.

Inspired by German architect Friedrich Kiesler's interest in the
interrelationships between people culture and space, with a particular focus
on the role of sound in this regard, the exhibition presents four individual
installation works, all of which create singular spaces in the gallery while
at the same time intermingling with one another, their environment and
their subjects. In encountering each work, the line between audience,
artwork and gallery blurs, challenging us to confront the continuity that
exists between all three as well as, more broadly, art and life itself.

Tracts is curated by Ben Byrne. Former director of the Electrofringe and
Liquid Architecture festivals Ben is an electronic musician, improvisor and
artist currently undertaking a PhD on the nature of sound. The show also
features the work of Adam Costenoble (Sydney), Matt Chaumont (Sydney) and
Thembi Soddell (Melbourne). Musicians and gallery artists, Adam Costenoble
and Matt Chaumont have both received Helen Lempriere Art Prize Awards,
alongside Thembi Soddell who has released several albums and most recently
performed at the Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music.

This show is a part of the 2008 NEXT WAVE Festival 15th – 31st May
www.nextwave.org.au

Venue: Blindside Gallery, Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston
St, Melbourne
Enter via lifts in Cathedral Arcade Cnr Flinders Lane
Opening: Thu 22nd May, 6 PM – 9 PM
Dates: 22nd May –7th June (Not Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
Times: 12 PM – 6 PM

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