Image: The Ross Sea by David Burrows
Welcome to the latest edition of the B-CSC newsletter. 2016 has been a very busy and productive year in which we hosted 19 artists through our AiR program from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds. Outcomes will soon appear in various initiatives planned for 2017. We also presented our first international survey exhibition of sound art in Vienna, which brought together Australian and Austrian artists focusing on different facets of contemporary sound practice. The catalogue produced for the exhibition is one of three CD releases the B-CSC produced this year mapping the sound ecology of anthropogenic and natural environments. This newsletter includes information about these and other national and international
projects in development.
The B–CSC team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture over 2016.
POLAR PATTERNS is a group exhibition featuring artists responding to the climate and atmospheric conditions of Antarctica. It includes sound recordings of blizzards, images of ice core samples, and photographs and text describing the polar region and its attendant conditions. The exhibition includes new works by David Burrows, Anne Noble and Anna Brown, Philip Samartzis, and Shiro Takatani.
Image: Philip Samartzis
Project Space/Spare Room Gallery
23–27 Cardigan St, Carlton
February 9 to March 23, 2017
Image: Madelynne Cornish
PHANTASMAGORIA is a site-specific exhibition re-imagining Bogong Village through the lens of absence, disappearance and loss. Using the concept of ‘phantasmagoria’ this project uses contemporary art practices to create illusion and spectacle to trace the vanishing individuals and communities who have marked the Victorian Alpine region. It focuses on the material and immaterial, physical and spiritual, to distort the space between presence and absence and how each occupies the village and its attendant environment. PHANTASMAGORIA draws on local knowledge, artifacts and folklore to construct a social context and landscape ecology for artworks focusing on the ephemeral, evanescent and sublime. Where the village itself is transformed into a world of shadows, murmurs and dreams.
April 8 to 30, 2017
THE ECOLOGY OF PLACE is a program of spatial-sound cinema events exploring methods of representation used to render the natural and built environment. It draws from experimental film and documentary, sensory ethnography, acoustic ecology, electroacoustic composition and phonography. Within the framework of sound and moving image, artists will interrogate the social, material and environmental ecologies of the spaces we inhabit, furthering discussions of site, experience and the everyday within a cinematic context. The program includes new works by Matthew Berka, Madelynne Cornish, Yannick Dauby, Byron Huang-Dean, Yan Jun, Slavek Kwi, Daniel Lercher, Emily Richardson, Philip Samartzis and Polly Stanton.
Image: Polly Stanton
RMIT Swanston Academic Building Cinema
Building 80, Level 1, Room 2, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne
June 23 to 25, 2017
Image: Michael Vorfeld
CURRENT is a group exhibition exploring the natural, social and industrial history of the Kiewa hydroelectric scheme. By considering different facets of the scheme and its attendant relationship to alpine ecology and climate, CURRENT will provide a new encounter with the industrial history of the Victorian Alps. The exhibition includes works by David Burrows, Madelynne Cornish, Jungho Jung, Daniel Lercher, Geoff Robinson, Philip Samartzis, Polly Stanton and Michael Vorfeld.
233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
August 12 to September 19, 2017
Publications - available from the B-CSC shop
Antarctica, An Absent Presence by Philip Samartzis (Thames and Hudson 2016)
Antarctica is a paradox of the sublime and prosaic: with its vast expanses of ice, snow and mountains - and traces of human habitation, from weathered huts to abandoned machinery. It is a blank space bordered by nothingness concealing a confounding set of encounters for those fortunate enough to breach its frozen perimeter. This book is an invitation to share in a remarkable journey to a place that is for all intents and purposes simply incomprehensible. The publication is accompanied by two CDs of soundscape compositions documenting both natural and anthropogenic characteristics of the frozen continent.
The B-CSC is proud to announce the release of two new CDs.
WIND TURBINES by Madelynne Cornish features sound recordings of two major wind farms located in Albany, Western Australia. While new sources of energy production such as wind are gaining traction throughout the world, their impact on landscape ecology is the cause of much tension and debate. This project examines the impact of renewable energy production upon a regional community by interrogating the wide-ranging effects incurred through the exploitation of the natural environment in the production of sustainable energy.
RAINY SEASON is a collaborative project between Seijiro Murayama and Philip Samartzis mapping the course of the Shibuya River beginning at Shibuya Crossing and ending at Shinjuku Gyoen. The river is hidden by a series of roads and pedestrian pathways, occasionally appearing for short intervals before vanishing under sheets of concrete and asphalt. Within this sophisticated, highly mediated urban space, the sound field modulates between amorphous noise, concentrated events, spatial resonances, and discretely articulated gestures.
Madelynne Cornish, Operations Director of the B-CSC, will undertake a three month residency at Serlachius Museums in Mänttä, Finland in 2017. The purpose of the residency is to interrogate Mänttä’s environs through a series of site-specific responses. The project will examine the social, commercial and environmental history of the region by documenting the ecology of the surrounding forests, waterways and lakes and the ways they are used and exploited. It will highlight how water informs different environments and cultures by examining the specific spaces, technologies and language used to describe and harness it.
Congratulations to Polly Stanton. UNDERCURRENTS, a work Polly produced during her B–CSC residency has been purchased by Parliament House, Canberra for their permanent collection. UNDERCURRENTS, is a moving image and sound work that traces the pathway of water as it travels through the distinct sites of the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme. The work documents changes of place and time over a 12 hour day.
Image: Polly Stanton
Establishing connections in regional New South Wales
A new initiative “Soundscapes in Nature - With Curious Creators” introduces preschool children and their educators to new ways of engaging with the environment through active listening and soundscape exploration. The project is developed by Madelynne Cornish in association with Alison Thompson for Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten in NSW for their Collaborations with Children Program.
Image: Alison Thompson
Opportunity - Media Strategist
The B–CSC is seeking a creative and enthusiastic volunteer who is skilled in social media, content creation and general publicity to join it’s team. This new position is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a dynamic arts initiative that is growing both nationally and internationally. We are looking to build a long-term collaborative relationship with the right person.
To apply, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE B-CSC supports cultural initiatives focusing on the process and impact of sustainable energy production; effects of climate change in wilderness areas; ethnographic studies of remote communities; the chronicling of vanishing industrial practices; and systems of representation used to render the natural and constructed world.
The B-CSC is situated in Bogong Alpine Village 325 kilometres from Melbourne in North East Victoria.