220 mixtape

compiled and mixtaped december 2018

featuring: courtney barnett, j hus, janelle monáe, john elder, julia holter, kaitlyn aurelia smith, kurt vile, noname, panda bear, pantha du prince, pavement, peak twins, raiza biza, sufjan stevens, young fathers.

sounding the air

Helium, latex balloon, electronics, FM transmission.
Exhibited in the group show Dyanmics of Air.
Curated by Malte Wagenfeld and Jane Burry.
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.
September 14 – November 17, 2018

Sounding the air is a new iteration from a series of ‘balanced balloon’ projects that I have undertaken since 2013.

In this project, the uplift of a large helium balloon is balanced by an FM receiver and loudspeaker, creating a buoyancy-neutral assemblage that is sensitised to the subtle changes in air movement and temperature. The work circulates, rises and falls through the gallery space in response to these qualities of air. ‘Sounding’ is understood as process of building up a three-dimensional understanding of the atmosphere – much like the mapping of marine environments – as well as an aural testing of propositions about air.

The aural component of the project is a low-power FM transmission that is broadcast throughout the gallery space. It consists of an aural essay on air, constructed from a wide variety of quotes from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction texts interspersed with field recordings of air-activated environments. This transmission is received by the balloon assemblage, subject to distortions and interferences from the physical environment and other electronic transmissions present throughout the gallery.

Thanks to Ariel Aguilera, Andrea Benyi, Sarah Burrell, Joni Chan, Scott Andrew Elliott, Dan Griffin, Hilary Johnson, Djurdjica Kesic, Sommer Spiers, Rachel Swain and Virpi Vellin for lending their voices to the project.

Installation images by Mark Ashkanasy ©RMIT Gallery. Used with thanks.

Text sources:
• David Abram. “The Commonwealth of Breath.” In All Our Relations : 18th Biennale of Sydney / Editors: Catherine De Zegher and Gerald Mcmaster, edited by M. Catherine de Zegher, 334-41. [NSW] :: Biennale of Sydney, 2012.
• Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins. Architectural Body. Modern and Contemporary Poetics. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.
• Monika Bakke. Going Aerial : Air, Art, Architecture. Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 2006.
• Juliana Engberg. Pipilotti Rist : I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase. Southbank, Vic.: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2011.
• Tim Ingold. “Footprints through the Weather‐World: Walking, Breathing, Knowing.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 16 (2010): S121-S39.
• Tim Ingold. ”Lines and the weather.” In Vital Beauty : Reclaiming Aesthetics in the Tangle of Technology and Nature, edited by Joke Brouwer, Arjen Mulder and Lars Spuybroek, 12-28. Rotterdam: V2 Publishing : Nai, 2012.
• Luce Irigaray. The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger Luce Irigaray ; Translated by Mary Beth Mader. Constructs Series. 1st ed. ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999.
• Mark Jackson and Maria Fannin. “Letting Geography Fall Where It May? Aerographies Address the Elemental.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29, no. 3 (2011): 435-44.
• Allan Kaprow and Jeff Kelley. Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life. Expanded ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2003.
• Alexander McCall Smith. The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel. New York: Pantheon Books, 2012.
• Derek McCormack. “Engineering Affective Atmospheres on the Moving Geographies of the 1897 Andrée Expedition.” Cultural Geographies 15, no. 4 (October 1, 2008 2008): 413-30.
• Tim Winton. Breath. 1st American ed. New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2008.

city of gold mixtape


compiled october 2017 to february 2018
mixtaped august 2018

featuring: ariel pink, beck, coolio, cooly g, dibia$e, dr. dre, earl sweatshirt, flying lotus, frank ocean, freddie gibbs, friendzone, ice cube, julia holter, jurassic 5, kaitlyn aurelia smith, karen marks, kelela, kendrick lamar, madlib, milo, mndsgn, nite jewel, nosaj thing, pavement, porno for pyros, red hot chili peppers, remi, silentjay, samiyam, sky h1, snoop dogg, suzanne ciani, thundercat, tupac shakur, vince staples, yg, yo la tengo, young marble giants.

city of gold is a 2015 documentary about the pulitzer prize winning LA food critic jonathan gold, directed by laura gabbert.
jonathan gold july 28, 1960 — july 21, 2018.

mxxxv mixtape

compiled march 2016 to april 2016
mixtaped april 2016

featuring: aaliyah, ariel pink, darkstar, dean blunt, dj earl, dj paypal, donnie trumpet and the social experiment, feloneezy, future brown ft sicko mobb, golden rules, hype williams, j.g. biberkopf, jackie dagger, jenny hval, julia holter, kelela, man made mountain, nosaj thing, sui zhen, superstar, visionist, waterhouse.

the beach is far away mixtape

compiled april 2014 to january 2015
mixtaped october 2015

featuring: actress, banoffee, the breeders, chance the rapper, clams casino, dj rashad (RIP), doc scott, elisabeth troy, fka twigs, flanger, forest swords, grouper, ill blu, james hardway, julia holter, machinedrum, mala, mssingno, nhk’koyxen, shackleton, sonic youth, xxyyxx and young fathers.

with fluidity

Two-channel audio walk
14 minutes 07s

Artists’ book
12 pages, 129mm x 181mm, plus double sided A3 fold-out poster
Designed and printed on risograph by Alice Bush at Ilam Press

Project launched Sunday July 12, 2015
Supported by The Physics Room.

With Fluidity is a project with Susie Pratt that consists of two parts: an audio walk and an artists’ book, which examine the tensions between Ōtākaro/Avon River as a founding icon of Christchurch city, and as a major contributor to the city’s destruction through earthquake induced liquefaction. The project takes the constantly shifting flows of Ōtākaro/Avon River as a model to propose alternative ways of thinking about and inhabiting the city.

The audio walk invites participants to be guided along the river while listening to audio that includes found sounds, manipulated sounds and fragments of spoken text. The artists’ book poses a series of questions, “How do the river and the city choreograph each other? What turns is the city making?” and responds to these through a visual essay.

breath clouds

2014-breath_clouds-01Electronics, software, air and breath. Visualisation programming by Jeff Hannam.
Exhibited in the group show THISNESS.
BUS Projects, Melbourne.
April 9 – 26, 2014

Inspired by the experience of exhalations being made visible in the cold, dry, wintertime air before dissipating into the wider atmosphere, this project uses breath as a way to understand the reciprocal relationships present in the making of oneself through and with the environment. Breath Clouds makes perceptible flows and exchanges of energy, using aural and visual responses to set up feedback loops between our individual presence and the atmosphere of the gallery space.

Thanks to Tony for the photos.

hoop dreams c.94 mixtape

compiled february 2013 to january 2014
mixtaped january 2014

featuring: autre ne veut, brandy, christina aguilera, cibo matto, collette, d double e, dr dre, en vogue, fresh prince, g.love and special sauce, jay-z, jurassic five, kris kross, michael jackson, money mark, monica, montell jordan, nuttin nyce, p money, riff, ruff sqwad, salt n pepa, shaquille o’neal, shlomo, sisters underground, skee lo, three the hardway, tlc and us3.

hoop dreams is a film directed steve james, released by kartemquin films in 1994.

overtime period!

question of trust mixtape

compiled november 2012 to january 2013
mixtaped january 2013

featuring: aaliyah, azealia banks, blackalicious, the blessings, clams casino, cody chestnutt, cooly g, danny brown, erykah badu, flying lotus, frank ocean, future, hudson mohawke, latyrx, luke slott, madlib, main attrakionz, mike slott, oddisee, the roots, rustie, s-type, theesatisfaction, tnght, trouble, trusta and the weeknd.

artwork by james hugonin.
a question of trust by onora o’neill, published by cambridge university press, 2002.

cloud sound

Daylight, lenses, weather sensors, software, sound and mixed media.
Exhibited in the group show Cloudy Sensoria.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne.
October – December, 2012

This installation employs a camera obscura to project an image of the sky immediately outside the gallery into the darkened interior. Data from an array of various sensors located outside the space are routed into a piece of custom software, which manipulates dozens of small samples of sound to create an “aural cloud” that responds to the atmospheric conditions beyond the gallery space.

Cloud Sound takes known everyday phenomena — weather, optics — and transforms them into a space of delicate and lively experience.  The installation breaks our habitual attention, literally turning the world upside–down. By doing so, it draws attention to the complex relations that constitute experience, the various climatic and affective atmospheres involved.