What Listening Knows at Messums Wiltshire, UK

What Listening Knows creatively interrogates different concepts around the act of listening, as if listening were the primary mode of sensing the world. Across three spectacular screens, the camera choreography is both grounded and ungrounded, imbued with an acoustic consciousness.

What Listening Knows will be presented as a solo exhibition across the extensive Barn gallery at Messums Wiltshire. The filming was undertaken in Wiltshire in the Summer of 2019, when Leber and Chesworth were Messums Wiltshire’s first artists-in-residence. 

What Listening Knows
Messums Wiltshire, UK
17 July to 5 September 2021
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Mission Crimps at Fondation Fiminco, Paris

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Mission Crimps present a scenario that is audible as much as visible, reminding us of the non-singularity of what we are seeing. The calibrations and configurations of the human mind find analogous views via an old telephone exchange with its reams of colourful cabling, metallic switches and exchange circuits.

Freedom of Sleep
Fondation Fiminco, Paris
Curator: Anabelle Lacroix
21 April to 16 May 2021
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Sonia Leber and David Chesworth: Where Lakes Once Had Water is a new exhibition catalogue that investigates a number of interconnecting strands, including climate history and change, diverse knowledge systems, Indigenous custodianship and Earth Science, voices of nature and non-human timeframes, multi-sensory ways of knowing and notions of deep time.

Sophie Knezic’s essay situates Leber and Chesworth’s work in a lineage of sound art and acoustic transduction; Fiona Gruber focuses on the artists’ working process and Tim Flannery provides insights into the geological science underpinning the project. The final text is a conversation between the artists and Wiradjuri scientist Michael-Shawn Fletcher, who worked on the project in Australia's Northern Territory.

Published by Bundanon with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). Supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation and designed by Public Office. Available from Perimeter Books.

Eternal Pools in Darebin billboard project

Eternal Pools, an image from the Zaum Tractor video project, was made into a public billboard for Stimulus Package, curated by Madé Spencer-Castle for the Darebin Fuse Festival in Melbourne over June-July 2021.

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