In January–February 2020 I undertook the Art Gallery of NSW Moya Dyring Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. I initially went in search of one of the oldest French instruments, the épinette des Vosges, a timber-stringed instrument that is still being made in Mirecourt, a commune in the Vosges department in northeastern France. On my return to Paris, I took sound recordings around the city, of sirens, bells, and musicians in the white-tiled metro. As John Cage notes, all places have their own sound mark.
On my return to Brisbane I worked with Joseph Burgess to make the sound scape for The Perceiving of Sound using the recordings from the sound scape of Paris.
– Susan Hawkins
Based in Brisbane, Susan Hawkins’ practice spans sculpture, object and sound-based practice. She uses reclaimed industrial and domestic objects and incorporates motors and sound to create sculptures and installations for both art galleries and the public realm. She is interested in how these objects reference forgotten symbolic power while playfully altering them to highlight the symbolic bias of our personal and public surroundings.
Emma Harrison: Videographer
Zachary Lopez: Perforomance
Joseph Burgess: Soundtrack