Seeing VoicesDamiano Bertoli, Erik Bünger, Catherine or Kate, Michael Cook, Fayen d’Evie & Bryan Phillips, Léuli Eshraghi, Alicia Frankovich, Susan Hiller, Alex Martinis Roe, Angelica Mesiti, Clinton Nain, Rose Nolan
Seeing Voices uses the Monash University Collection as a springboard for thinking through the voice and how it is visualized, employed and reimagined in contemporary art.
In the exhibition, the voice might act as a metaphor for collective action, for speaking out against injustice and coming together in gestures of solidarity. It can be a marker of cultural and geographic specificity or the trace of disappearing language. It may also function like a spiritual medium; through its historical recording and archiving it time-travels to haunt the present. The voice is also an index, a measure of positon, perspective, distance and emotion. In private, in public, in conversation, on record – the voice connects our experiences with those of others.
In addition to artworks selected from the Monash University Collection, Seeing Voices features loans from Australian and international artists. The exhibition encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video. To bring the immediacy of the live voice into the gallery, the exhibition will include a performance by Wrong Solo duo Agatha Gothe-Snape and Brian Fuata.
A NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art touring exhibition.
IMAGE: Angelica Mesiti, Silent polyphony 2015, Single-channel colour HD video, 16.9 silent 33.33 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.