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Unseen Light: Prologue at West Space, Melbourne

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Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Unseen Light: Prologue (Split open the atom in ourselves), 2019.
Performance with archival reel-to-reel tapes, var. 20 minutes.
Supported by Creative Victoria and Multisonics 

‘Lifelessness’ performance program
6 - 8 pm Monday 17 June 2019
West Space 
Level 1, 225 Bourke Street Melbourne
Free

Part of the Ventriloquy exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary, presented in association with Liquid Architecture
Curator Joel Stern

Sonia Leber & David Chesworth’s current project Unseen Light emerges from a collection of over 90 hours of séance tapes, purchased from a deceased estate. These high quality reel-to-reel tapes were intimately recorded by a New Zealand family in Auckland, and later Australia, between 1958 and 1972. 

The performance for Ventriloquy is in the form of a Prologue, presenting the actuality materials of some of the séances, but not in the final form of the artwork. The voices are both one and many. The channeller variously receives, re-voices and connects with people and conscious states beyond the material living. The séances included regular visitations from deceased relatives, doctors, scientists, spirit guides and singing children, with personal descriptions of life ‘in the spaceways’.

This was the era when space exploration and technological advances in satellite communication triggered renewed interest in voice communication with other worlds. As satellites were being launched into orbit, live TV communications became possible across the globe, radio telescopes listened for alien transmissions, and medical scans revealed hidden structures in the brain and body. As people of that era witnessed rapid technological change, many believed that scientific advances would inevitably also connect living humans with spirit worlds beyond our own.


Architecture Makes Us at Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane

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Architecture Makes Us is a major mid-career survey of the cinematic video works of Australian artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth. The exhibition brings together six major video works by the collaborative duo, exploring craggy geographies, territorialisation, surveillance, exhausted systems and future philosophies. These works point towards the architecture of our world in the broadest sense, examining structures both physical and invisible. A touring exhibition from Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne.

Architecture Makes Us
Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Curators: Naomi Cass, Pippa Milne and Madé Spencer-Castle

Griffith University Art Museum
Brisbane, Australia
7 March to 27 April 2019

 


Architecture Makes Us at UNSW Galleries, Sydney

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Architecture Makes Us brings together six major video works by the collaborative duo, exploring craggy geographies, territorialisation, surveillance, exhausted systems and future philosophies. These works point towards the architecture of our world in the broadest sense, examining structures both physical and invisible. A touring exhibition from Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne.

Architecture Makes Us
Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber & David Chesworth
Curators: Naomi Cass, Pippa Milne and Madé Spencer-Castle

UNSW Galleries
Paddington, Sydney, Australia
5 January to 23 February 2019

 


Zaum Tractor at Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland

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The collection of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw has a discursive character and is treated as a voice in the debate and research on modernity. Starting from local affairs, it is an accumulation of works by international artists, often created on a commission and referring to local issues.

Artists: Kader Attia, Miriam Cahn, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Olga Czernyszewa, Nathalie Djurberg, Ruth Ewan, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Gülsün Karamustafa, Leszek Knaflewski, Lukas Müller, Zofia Rydet, Wilhelm Sasnal, Şerban Savu, Jadwiga Sawicka, Slavs and Tatars, Roman Stańczak, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cathy Wilkes, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The State We Are In:
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw at Galeria Labirynt
Galeria Labiryt
Lublin, Poland
15 September to 11 November, 2018
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