This major exhibition brings together recent works by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope that investigate listening practices and extractive industries in Australia.
Untitled (Death Song) 2020 comprises sound sculptures constructed from discarded mining and industrial equipment accompanied by a soundtrack made in collaboration with musician and instrument builder Isha Ram Das. It takes its first note from the haunting cries of the yellow-eyed Bush Stone-curlew. An endangered species within New South Wales, the Bush Stone-curlew is known for its distinctive call, a ghost-like “weer-lo” sound. Heard in chorus and crescendo with other Bush Stone-curlews, the eerie call is often mistaken for a crying baby or wailing woman. Untitled (Death Song) is a meditation on the sound of Country and Gurrell (Curlew) who is also known as a harbinger of death in Quandamooka culture.
The exhibition also features several related projects, including the sound sculpture Old Kahibah 2018, which maps the sound vibrations of Awabakal Country in the Lake Macquarie area which has experienced significant geological alteration from industrial coal extraction.
UNSW GALLERIES OPENING TIMES
Tue–Sat from 10am to 5pm
75% visual content. This exhibition has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
Photo: Megan Cope
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