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Where Lakes Once Had Water

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Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are currently completing the first CABAH Art Series Commission, a sensorial video and sound installation that transports us to remote ancient dry lakes of Australia's Northern Territory.
Where Lakes Once Had Water takes us on an imaginative journey, exploring the labour of scientists and traditional owners as they dig and delve into the past, reading the signs and signals in the landscape, over concepts of deep time. 

Commissioned by ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

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What Listening Knows at Messums Wiltshire, UK

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What Listening Knows will be presented as an immersive video and audio installation across the extensive Barn gallery at Messums Wiltshire. The research and filming was undertaken in Wiltshire in the Summer of 2019, when Leber & Chesworth were Messums’ first artists-in-residence.

What Listening Knows
Messums Wiltshire
Tisbury, Salisbury, UK
dates tbc, 2021
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Unseen Light: Prologue at West Space, Melbourne

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The Unseen Light project emerges from a collection of over 90 hours of séance tapes, purchased from a deceased estate. Intimately recorded between 1958 and 1972, the séances include visitations from deceased relatives, doctors, scientists, spirit guides and singing children.

Unseen Light: Prologue (Split open the atom in ourselves), 2019. 
Performance at West Space, with archival reel-to-reel tapes, 20 min, in the form of a prologue to the artwork.
Part of the Ventriloquy exhibition
Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
Curator: Joel Stern
17 June 2019
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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

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