Sonic Turn - Caleb Kelly, editor of Sound, part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series, in discussion with Rachel Shearer and Andrew Clifford.
Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. His research has led to a rethinking of how art is listened to, historically and in contemporary practice. In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He is the editor of Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery in London), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Caleb is the co-curator (with Aaron Kreisler of Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Caleb is an academic at the College of Fine Arts, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Rachel Shearer's history in a range of audio practices contribute to her approach to sound making. As an artist she has been exploring site-specific sound installation practice. Her most recent public commission, ‘The Flooded Mirror’ is a permanent sound installation situated in the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront. She sound designs and composes for film, most recently creating the music for the feature documentary "How Far Is Heaven". She currently teaches time-based arts at AUT and at Elam School of Fine Arts. Active as a recording and performing experimental musician since the late 1980’s, Rachel has released material with labels Xpressway (NZ), Flying Nun (NZ), Ecstatic Peace (US), Corpus Hermeticum (NZ), Family Vineyard (US) among others with an upcoming release on Dungeon Taxis (NZ/US).
Andrew Clifford is a freelance writer and works as Curator at The University of Auckland's Centre for Art Research, which administers the Gus Fisher Gallery and The University of Auckland Art Collection. He is currently a board member for the Audio Foundation, co-curated their international experimental music festival, Alt.music, from 2004 – 2007, and has a chapter in the new AF book, Erewhon Calling. Recent essays appear in books about Sean Kerr, Reuben Paterson, John Reynolds and New Zealand’s black fashion, and a chapter on invented instruments for Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa. From 2002-2007 he produced programmes for Radio New Zealand, preceded by 10 years producing and presenting a variety of programmes for 95bFM, including Art on Air.
Special thanks to Sean Kerr for organising and introducing this discussion.
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