NEWPORT ARCHIVES is an audio walk created for The SUBSTATION, which contemplates the connections between time, place and memory. Inspired by The SUBSTATION building’s own story, the work draws on interviews with local residents to open small windows into a Newport of a different era… an era of ships and trains. Equipped with headphones and an mp3 player as their guide, participants walk unaccompanied through Newport’s streets immersed in a sound world that uncannily knits the present with the past and memory with imagination.
About the artists
TAMARA SAULWICK is a Melbourne based artist who creates interdisciplinary works for theatres and public spaces. Building on over twenty years experience, SAULWICK’s individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in the live event, her works reflect on how we connect, confront, and negotiate with one another. Her most recent work ENDINGS premiered in January for The Sydney Festival and was presented at Melbourne’s Arts House in May to critical acclaim, receiving a 2015 Helpmann Award nomination for ‘Best New Australian Work’. Other works include Green Room Award winning PIN DROP (Arts House, Malthouse Theatre, Mobile States, Tramway in Glasgow), SEDDON ARCHIVES (Big West Festival 2011) and PUBLIC (Big West Festival 2013) nominated for the ‘Outstanding Hybrid Performance’ Green Room Award. In addition to her independent arts practice Tamara is an Artistic Associate with CHAMBER MADE OPERA.
JOE TALIA is a drummer, composer and record producer/engineer based in Melbourne, Australia. He first established his reputation as a drummer in contemporary jazz and improvised music fields in which he is now active as a member of the ARIA award winning Andrea Keller Quartet and in numerous collaborative projects, including a long-term duo with Oren Ambarchi. TALIA also works in the realm of electro-acoustic composition and performance, working with reel-to-reel tape machines and other analogue devices. Following the release of his musique concrete suite in/exterior in 2006, he established a duo with composer James Rushford. In addition to the collaborations above he has performed, recorded and toured with Jim O’Rourke, Richard Pinhas, John Duncan,The Australian Art Orchestra, Anthea Caddy, Sean Baxter, Robbie Avenaim, David Shea, Marco Fusinato, Rand and Holland. As a studio engineer, producer and mixer he has worked on records for Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley, Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, Fire! and many others.