World listening Day July 18 LAUNCH of the Barwon Listening project July 18, Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett
Barwon Listening: Freshwater/Saltwater
What do we hear?
A project by Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett.
Two sound artists uncovering the little -known sonic world of the aquatic habitat, the much loved Barwon River in Victoria Australia in the air, under water, underground. Exploring the river from their kayaks and using hydrophones and other recording devices, they will track its voice from its source in the Otways to the estuary where fresh water meets salt water at Barwon Heads. How many species of fish, eels, underwater insects, sea grasses, crustaceans and birds are having dialogues we can’t usually share? A range of sonic mixed media works will be created reflecting their river listening findings: sound art performed, installed and shared on line. This is an ongoing project for continued observation and reflection of the river, sensed through sound and the act of listening in place. Science and art eclipse through the magic of sound.
“Sensing Sound“ duo, Ros Bandt and Vicki Hallett are two environmental sound artists and performers who have collaborated for the last four years creating original environmental site-specific spatial sound works. Each installation and performance is an organic osmosis of audible, visual, sculptural and performative elements rendered from the site itself. Together they probe man/nature relationships sensing sound in indoor and outdoor contexts. They have been commissioned twice by Geelong city council for Geelong After Dark (GAD) creating Earthscape 2018 and Human Aquarium public installation (2019) assisted by sound engineer Jem Savage. They are both interested in acoustic ecology, biodiversity, and wildlife /underwater recordings as a means to sense through sound, what is happening in a given space, the health, the presence and absence, the behaviour of living things, particularly underwater aquatics. Bandt and Hallett have performed at SeenSound, the Loop Bar, New and Experimental Arts Laboratory (NEAL), the Tate Gallery Fryerstown and devised interactive multichannel audience participatory concerts such as Freshwater Listening to celebrate 10 years of acoustic ecology in Australia. This longterm Barwon River Listening project, from the kayak, is a plea for us all to be better caretakers of the river and respect its changing confluences, fresh or salt, oxygenated, toxic. Barwon Listening will be of interest to local water watch groups and stakeholders. The art will raise consciousness of the need for sensitive environmental water care in the Barwon estuary. Water is sacred, our lives depend on it.
Come and listen with us from the kayak
The power of this waterway is ever-changing and spellbinding
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of these lands, waters and cultures.
We acknowledge their continuing connections to country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
hearing places, 2020