Public Talk | Embodied Sound, Colin Siyuan Chinnery
When | Wednesday 10 May, from 6:30pm
Location | Artspace, Level 2, Seminar Room
Colin's talk will be followed by a Q&A facilitated by curator Jasmin Stephens.
Embodied Sound is a conceptual artwork conceived as part of artist and curator Colin Chinnery's umbrella project Sound Museum, a platform for new ideas involving sound. It aims to work with contemporary institutions around the world to engage with all kinds of non-professional audiences to create an ongoing sound map of the various environments, cultures, and idiosyncrasies that makes up contemporary society today.
In this talk on Embodied Sound, Chinnery considers the ubiquity of sound: an entire dimension of our every day experience filtered out as ‘background’. Smartphones and social media have facilitated a society addicted to creating and consuming images, and yet most smartphones have sound recorders that are almost never used. He encourages audiences to perceive sounds as every day encounters, allowing a whole layer of contemporary reality to be documented and shared.
Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. From 2009 – 2010 he was Director of the ShContemporary Art Fair, Shanghai; and was the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Beijing's Ullens Centre for the Arts until 2008 where he established China's first major contemporary art institution. He was part of the experimental rock band Xue Wei in the early 1990s. He contributed to the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, and was the Arts Manager of the British Council in Beijing until 2006. He initiated large projects in sound art, theatre, and live art, bringing a wider audience into contact with experimental practices.