The Antarctic Convergence
The Antarctic Convergence is a group exhibition of sound works recorded in Antarctica, curated by noted Melbourne artist Philip Samartzis. Samartzis has visited the Australian Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands twice, and is well-known for his work with multi-channel field recordings.
The show features a range of compositions by half a dozen international artists responding to the unique physical, spatial and natural attributes of the Antarctic continent and its surrounding ocean. While Antarctica can be deafening in its silence, it is also a place of unusual sonic encounters generated by variable weather, diverse wildlife, and the sound of human enterprise.
The Antarctic Convergence demonstrates the diversity of experience one can have across the continent through artworks generated by first hand encounters with the frozen continent. In addition works have been composed through the translation of scientific data measuring atmospheric or oceanic conditions and variations. The Antarctic Convergence seeks to advance our understanding of the South Pole, and to explore how sound art can be used in the interrogation of one of the most isolated, hazardous, and environmentally diverse continents on earth.
Featured artists include: Phil Dadson (NZ), Werner Dafeldecker (Ger), Lawrence English (Aus), Robin Fox (Aus), Doug Quin (USA), Philip Samartzis (Aus), and Chris Watson (UK).