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The Language of Listening with Gail Priest

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In a series of one-on-one interviews (20minutes), RMIT Gallery invites visitors to meet with Experimenta artist Gail Priest and to engage both with her artwork, SonoLexic, and the broader experience of listening in a noise filled world.

Experimenta Make Sense (RMIT Gallery 2 October - 11 November) is an exhibition expressing all of the disconcerting delights that make up life in the digital age.

Gail Priest will talk with participants about the way in which they process the sounds around them, also playing them short samples of interesting listening. The conversation will attempt to find ways of creatively describing what we hear. The intention is to enhance our understanding of listening by making ourselves more conscious of how we process this through language — learning how to listen to our listening. The interviews will be recorded and a poetic condensation of each exchange*, along with a photograph the participant’s ear, will be included in an evolving archive — an interactive e-publication — that explores multiple aspects of this proposed language of listening.

*Participants will be consulted on the final version of their entry in the e-publication.

This project is presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, exhibiting a program of over 20 leading international and Australian artists. Both playful and challenging, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in the digital age of technological acceleration. See the exhibition at RMIT Gallery from 2 October – 11 November 2017.or visit the website for full exhibition details www.experimenta.org/makesense


About the Artist

Gail Priest is a Sydney-based artist whose practice features sound as the key material of communication and investigation. She has exhibited sound installations and performed electro-acoustic compositions nationally and internationally including at ISEA2016, Hong Kong; Werkleitz Festival, Germany; the Sonoretum, Kapelica Gallery, Slovenia; Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Artspace, Sydney; and Performance Space, Sydney. She has undertaken several commissions for ABC Radio and released five albums. She is also a curator of concerts and exhibitions, and writes factually and fictively about sound and media arts, in particular for RealTime magazine.

In 2015-2016 Priest was the Australia Council Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellow, developing a body of ficto-critical work exploring what art will sound like in the future. Her upcoming projects explore an ‘ideasthesia’ of sound and text by developing a hybrid form of ‘sound-writing’.


Image: Gail Priest, SonoLexic, photo courtesy of the artist.


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