Wusong River

Sound work, 5.1 channels, 29 minutes, 2015


Rivers provide unique perspectives in listening to cities; crossing and dissecting their geographies, whilst also shaping complex histories of industry and development.

Focusing on the sounds of Suzhou Creek (also known as the Wusong River) and perspectives it opens in listening to an immense urban environment, this work brings many sounds together across its duration to map and reimagine an experience of place, exploring textural and narrative relationships encountered in found sound.

Field recordings were collected during a residency at Pantocrator Gallery in Shanghai throughout late 2014, along the Suzhou Creek and its surrounding areas in the districts of Zhabei and Putuo. The composition was realised in 2015 and presented at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image with the support of the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grants Program. 

I acknowledge the Kaurna People as the traditional owners of the unceded land on which I live and work. I pay my respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

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