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Five Self-Vibrating Regions of Intensities / Gail Priest, Thomas Burless / Photography by Damien Raggatt
Location
On-site
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
Dates
14 April–20 May 2023
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Format
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Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Admission

Free

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The world premiere of Five Self-Vibrating Regions of Intensities is a study of sound as energy. Across five installations Gail Priest and Thomas Burless explore the transmission of sonic energy through materials and its visual manifestations as wave-driven geometric patterns (cymatics).

The exhibition is multimodal, in that each room houses the results of a particular experiment, yet together the five installations present an overall composition of audiovisual oscillations.

Two installations incorporate large-scale video to illustrate micro detail: the shimmer of a rainbow spectrum on a soap bubble in Membrane and the silvery-shake of sugar granules in Tridophone. In Pond Life Gail and Thomas recreate a marshy, urban ecosystem that ripples and rumbles with sonic energy. In a newly created piece, Calling Wire, they use the parlour trick of a tin-can telephone to explore the phenomenon of sound wave transmission though long wires. Weaving everything together is the spatialised poetic essay Vibrant Matters: presented as an assemblage of trembling introductory texts.

Through these experiments Gail and Thomas attempt to draw attention to the quivering oscillations, both large and small, that evidence the elemental energy shared by all matter.


PRODUCTION CREDITS

Co-creator: Gail Priest
Co-creator: Thomas Burless
Project Assistant: Rose Hartshorne


CONTENT WARNINGS

Please be aware this installation exhibition has low lighting.


ACCESS

This exhibition is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral accessible toilets are available.

Download the wall labels (descriptions of the works).

Download text from the work Vibrant Matters.

Listen to the audio of the work Calling Wire.


ARTIST TALK

Saturday 15 April, 2pm. Free admission, booking essential

Join Gail Priest and Thomas Burless from the Institute for Non-Empirical Results, for an in-depth discussion of their conceptual obsessions, creative processes and the historical research that has resulted in the installations of Five Self-Vibrating Regions of Intensities. This will include demonstrations of several of the prototype objects that led to the final installations.

This project has been co-commissioned by The Substation and Performance Space (2019). It has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; The Keir Foundation; and the NSW Government through Create NSW. The 2019 performance was developed with guest artists Carolyn Connors and Sonya Holowell.

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PRESENTED BY THE SUBSTATION

Join Gail Priest and Thomas Burless from the Institute for Non-Empirical Results, for an in-depth discussion of their conceptual obsessions, creative processes and the historical research that has resulted in the installations of Five Self-Vibrating Regions of Intensities. This will include demonstrations of several of the prototype objects that led to the final installations.

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