SUPER CRITICAL MASS - AURA 2013 - Blacktown Arts Centre - image by Alex Wisser - 2 lo res.jpg

ABOUT

30 PEOPLE DRAG CERAMIC BOWLS BY THEIR FEET THROUGH A PUBLIC SQUARE.
80 FLUTE PLAYERS FLOOD A FORMER RAILWAY WORKSHOP WITH A RISING HARMONIC RESONANCE.
100 VOICES DISPERSE THROUGH A GALLERY, SUBTLY REWORKING THE AMBIENT NOISE THRESHOLD. 

SUPER CRITICAL MASS IS AN ONGOING PARTICIPATORY SOUND PROJECT THAT EXPLORES HOW TEMPORARY
COMMUNITIES MIGHT FORM AND RELATE WITHIN 'THE COMMONS', OR PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACE.
LOCAL PARTICIPANTS CREATE MONOCHROMATIC SOUND FIELDS WITH IDENTICAL SOUND SOURCES IN SPECIFIC SITES (PARKS, STREETS, MALLS, GALLERIES), USING MEMORIZED INSTRUCTIONS DEVELOPED THROUGH IN-SITU WORKSHOPS. 

SCM USES SOUND'S RELATIONAL AND TERRITORIAL PROPERTIES TO EXAMINE THE NATURE OF SPACE (ITS USAGES, SOCIOPOLITICAL FUNCTIONS, ACOUSTICS, TOPOGRAPHIES), COMMUNITY (HOW IT BUILDS OR FALTERS, WHO IT INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES), NETWORKS (EMERGENCE, ORDER AND CHAOS, SELF-GUIDING FEEDBACK LOOPS) AND HOW SOUND FUNCTIONS WITHIN THESE FACTORS (HOW IT RESONATES, DISSIPATES, ATTRACTS AND REPELS).

SCM HAS PRESENTED WORK IN NEW YORK, LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, MANCHESTER, EDINBURGH, THE HAGUE,
PRAGUE AND THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA. SCM HAS FEATURED IN THE 8TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL (QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY OF MODERN ART), TODAY TOMORROW YESTERDAY (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA, PERMANENT COLLECTION), MATA FESTIVAL (NEW YORK), PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND SPACE, LIQUID ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL, AND CALIFORNIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF ART (ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, USA).

SCM IS DIRECTED BY ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS JULIAN DAY AND LUKE JAANISTE.


LINKS

QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY OF MODERN ART
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA
BROADSHEET
LIMELIGHT
SOUNDPROOF
PERFORMANCE SPACE
THE WIRE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
AUSTRALIAN DESIGN CENTRE