During the residency, composer, curator and sound artist Lawrence English has been developing Site Listening : Brisbane, a newly commission sound artwork for upcoming exhibition, Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane, as well as an engagement activity that invites audiences to explore Brisbane beyond the walls of MoB.
“Site Listening : Brisbane opens a multiplicity of ways for how we can use our ears to come to know Brisbane. Inside the gallery, Site Listening : Brisbane is presented as a long-form sound portrait, using field recordings made across Brisbane. Outside the gallery, audiences are invited to venture forth and explore the varied landmarks, landscapes and environments of Greater Brisbane, and in doing so come to reimagine the strange familiar of the city we think we know so well.”
– Lawrence English
MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.
Can sound transform your experience of place and what is the relationship between place and your memories?
During his residency, Lawrence has recorded the complex natural and urban sound fields of the Brisbane region, as far north as Bribie Island and as far south as Mt Tambourine.
Outside the gallery, audiences are invited to experience Lawrence’s process first hand using an interactive map and written reflections. Explore the project here.
Lawrence English is an artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, Lawrence’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. Lawrence utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and site-specific installation to create work that invites audiences to consider their relationship to listening, place and embodiment. Over the past decade, he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience and is determined to share his interests in the transformative and sensorial transgressive possibilities of sound.