RESOUND

Soundings_mtlyell - SML

Solo performance by Tess de Quincey

 

Sounding is a way of probing the environment by sending out a signal and receiving information in return. The term derives from the ancient practice of determining the depth of water by lowering a line weighted at the end.

In Sue’s work soundings are taken of connections between people, places and objects. This exhibition links two island communities – Queenstown, Tasmania and Kou on Teshima, Japan. Traditionally both places have relied on the exploitation of natural resources–fishing and mining–for survival. More recently these activities have been caught up in fierce environmental debates.

Teshima was the illegal dumping ground for toxic waste (1970-1990) currently being removed after twenty years of lobbying the Japanese Government. Queenstown’s ‘moonscape’ mountains are scarred by acid rain (stopped in 1965) and ongoing acid drainage from a copper mine into the river systems.

In Soundings copper architectural forms combined with video of the rivers of Queenstown and the seaways of Teshima will resonate with the histories of people and industries of the two locations.

Previous Season Details

Saturday 3 September, 2011 at 3pm

TIN SHEDS GALLERY
Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road
The University of Sydney

in response to installation
COPPER SHIPS
by SUE PEDLEY
18 AUGUST – 3 SEPTEMBER

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