LATEST NEWS ====================================================

This Is Before We Disappear From View at 19th Biennale of Sydney 21 March - 9 June 2014

This Is Before We Disappear From View, 2014, exists significantly in the realm of the imaginary. The artists use vocal

sounds they recorded from over 100 individual voices, which, brought together as a kind of choir of poltergeists, rise and

rise, in never-ending escalations. A single voice is also heard in measured, staccato bursts. Robotic, synthesized and

genderless, it delivers instructions, admonishments and encouragements – dogma. It is both overlord and oracle. In

this environ, the ultimate power of their sound work resides in the activated unconscious of the visitor, who must grapple

with an overwhelming barrage of sensory stimuli.

"Australia’s policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers presents us all with challenges both personal, political and

institutional. Our response is a fabrication, a fiction that provides a mirror on histories of containment from historic

houses of discipline with their attendant philosophies, through to the current policy by the Australian Government

seems to be the staging of deterrence through hopelessness and dread."

Venue: Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Read more at Biennale of Sydney

Sonia and David are also speaking in the Dream Factory Forum on 7 June at Carriageworks

Dream Factory information

Zaum Tractor
at Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne 30 Jan – 22 Feb 2014

Zaum Tractor is a 2-screen video work filmed throughout Southern Russia as part of our recent 3 month residency in

Zaum Tractor addresses notions of freedom and collectivity though a series of architectural stagings of

transrational ‘zaum’ poetry written by Russian Futurists one hundred years ago. The work also presents contemporary

social spaces of athleticism and risk-taking, annual tractor races, displays of faith and patriotism, the machine-like

playing of church bells and the resurgent modern-day Cossacks in Russia’s south.

Opening drinks at Fehily Contemporary at 3-5pm on Saturday 1 February

3a Glasshouse Road Collingwood

Read more at Fehily Contemporary

We Are Printers Too photographs at Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne 30 Jan – 22 Feb 2014

A parallel exhibition upstairs in Fehily Contemporary’s Loft Gallery will feature a selection of prints from our recent video

We Are Printers Too.

Read more at Fehily Contemporary

We Are Printers Too video at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne current – 23 March 2014

Leber and Chesworth's work for Melbourne Now is a large-scale HD video set in the former Age newspaper

headquarters on the corner of Spencer and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne. Speculative and archaeological, the work

emerges from this vacant, purpose-built building that once produced the daily news, from its pre-digital technologies and

lost modes of communication.

Location: 2nd floor, NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne

Read more on NGV website

2013 ARCHIVE ==================================================

Zaum Tractor at Gridchinhall Art Centre, Moscow September 2013

Zaum Tractor is a parallel project for the 2013 Moscow Biennale. It is an ambitious 2-screen HD video filmed in southern

Russia and nearby former Soviet republics.

Zaum Tractor addresses notions of freedom and collectivity though a series of architectural stagings of transrational

‘Zaum’ poetry written by Russian Futurists 100 years ago. The work also presents contemporary social spaces of

athleticism and risk-taking, annual tractor races, displays of faith and patriotism, the machine-like playing of church bells

and the resurgent modern-day Cossacks in Russia’s south.

Read press release from Gridchinhall Art Centre

5000 Calls at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne 4 September - 19 October 2013

Sound Bites City is the inaugural exhibition of RMIT University’s new Sound Art Collection featuring 19 works by

Australian and international sound artists. Visitors are invited to stroll through a purpose-built circular structure housing

a 16 channel speaker system,
designed by RMIT's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL).

See project details here.

Please Keep This Water Clean
at Makaronka Art Center, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

1-14 August 2013

Leber and Chesworth's first work made in Russia, a 7 minute HD video, Please Keep This Water Clean was created for

the Cooperation Territory festival in Rostov-on-Don.

Please Keep This Water Clean is a series of four actions filmed in the public domain in four different parts of

Rostov-on-Don. The artists responded to what ‘urbanism’ can mean in the post-Soviet, new-Russian Federation situation

of 2013.

Read more at 16thLINE Gallery

Artist Residency, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
July-September, 2013

Sonia Leber & David Chesworth have been awarded an artist residency based in Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don,

organised by curator Maria Sigutina of 16thLINE gallery, Rostov-on-Don. Leber and Chesworth are creating two video

projects working in conjunction with local artists and performers.

The residency is generously supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria. We gratefully acknowledge our

Russian support partners Theatre 18+ (Rostov-on-Don), Art-Amnesty Project by Olga Kalashnikova (Rostov-on-Don),

16thLINE Gallery (Rostov-on-Don), CreativeSpace.PRO (Rostov-on-Don) and Gridchinhall Art Centre (Moscow).

2012 ARCHIVE ==================================================

The Way You Move Me at MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne

July 25 – 1 September 2012

Leber and Chesworth are participating in The Social Life of Things with Adam Cruickshank, Arlo Mountford and Nathan

Gray. Curated by Alicia Renew.

The Way You Move Me is a two-channel video installation created by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth during their recent

IASKA/Spaced residency. It captures the internal dynamics of various local herds through periods of intensification and

slowness; sometimes highly chaotic and unpredictable, other times surprisingly ordered. Accompanied by a detailed,

almost wordless sound design, this highly visceral work highlights both the seen and unseen forces that exist between

humans and animals, meditatively framing the more personal moments of interspecies connection.

See project details here

Download catalogue (pdf)

Richter/Meinhof-Opera performances at Art Gallery of New South Wales 8-9 June 2012

What happens when the German artist Gerhard Richter and the jailed journalist turned terrorist Ulrike Meinhof are

placed in the same room?

Richter/Meinhof-Opera has its origins in the controversial painting series 'October 18, 1977' by Gerhard Richter. The

paintings depict scenes surrounding the apparent suicides of jailed members of the notorious Baader/Meinhof

Gang responsible for a deadly campaign to overthrow the West German establishment. This intimate performance

artwork entangles art with politics, the real with the ritualised and the personal with the State.

Featuring Luisa Hastings Edge and Hugo Race.

See project details here.

Art and politics: Unfinished Business? 16 May 2012, Art Gallery of New South Wales

A forum in association with David Chesworth’s ‘Richter/Meinhof-Opera’ featuring David Chesworth, Dr Jolanta Nowak,

Tony Bond and Tony MacGregor. In the lead-up to performances of David Chesworth’s Richter/Meinhof-Opera at

the Art Gallery of NSW, four speakers come together to discuss the often fraught relationship between art and politics.

Sound files and more info

All Who Occupy This Great Space at West Space 20 April–12 May 2012

David Chesworth collaborates with Katie Lee to present a new work at West Space in Melbourne.

Installation runs during West Space opening hours, with two performances by Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and Carolyn Connors

See project details here. Vimeo Link here

The Way You Move Me at UQ Art Museum, Brisbane 12 May-22 July 2012

Leber and Chesworth are participating in ANIMAL/HUMAN with Lisa Adams, Adam Cullen, Marian Drew, Julie Fragar, Fiona Hall, Pat Hoffie, Janet Laurence, Sam Leach, Laith McGregor, Noel McKenna, Tim McMonagle, Danie Mellor, Dennis Nona, Patricia Piccinini, Ryan Presley, Alick Tipoti, Jenny Watson, and Michael Zavros.

Read more at UQ Art Museum, Brisbane

See project details here

The Way You Move Me
at Fehily Contemporary
8-31 March 2012

Read more at Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

See project details here

The Way You Move Me at Fremantle Arts Centre 4 Feb-11 March 2012

The Way You Move Me is part of IASKA's Spaced: Art Out of Place exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre.

Part of the 2012 Perth Festival.

at Detached
14 Jan–3 Feb 2012

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth's solo exhibition Space-Shifter at Detached in Hobart is part of MONA FOMA.

Read more at Detached

See project details here.

David Chesworth is Artist In Residence at MONA FOMA
Jan–Feb 2012

This includes:

- Chesworth's installation Oceanography/Peron Station at CAST gallery in Hobart

- Sonia Leber and David Chesworth's Space-Shifter installation at Detached (see above)

- David Chesworth Ensemble performances of Chesworth's Vanishing Tekopia on 14 Jan and Badlands on 15 Jan

See MONA FOMA program here.

David Chesworth Ensemble CD 'Vanishing Tekopia' February 2012

February sees the release of the Vanishing Tekopia CD, the latest suite of works written for the eleven-piece David

Chesworth Ensemble.

Listen to sound files and read more here

2011 ARCHIVE ==================================================

Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture finalists November 2011

Leber and Chesworth are finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, exhibition at Federation Square Melbourne.

See project details here.

Now and Forever at Centre for Contemporary Photography Sep-Oct 2011

Now and Forever is part of In camera and in public at Centre for Contemporary Photography. Part of the Melbourne

Festival Visual Art Program

See project details here.

Space-Shifter at PICA September 2011

Sonia and David's
solo installation Space-Shifter is at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, part of the Totally Huge

New Music Festival

See project details here.

We, The Masters
at ACCA/Things That Go Bump In The Night
July-Aug 2011

We, The Masters is a new site-specific sound-based installation for Melbourne's City Square, commissioned by Australian

Centre for Contemporary Art
See project details here.

Almost Always Everywhere Apparent II at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery March-June 2011

Selected elements of Sonia and David's earlier project for ACCA have been reworked for the Stealing the Senses

exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand.

See project details here.

Volcanic 3D wins award May 2011, exhibition continues throughout 2012/13

Museum Victoria has been awarded an American Association of Museums Gold MUSE Award for Volcanic 3D.

Wax Sound Media created the 12 channel surround sound design for the 360-degree fully immersive and interactive 3D
environment, working in association with iCinema and ACT3 animation.

Award details.

Field Formation commission for AAMI Park February 2011

A built-in soundscape for the forecourt of AAMI Park, Melbourne, Field Formation was launched in February 2011

See project details here.

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS =======================================

- Rewards of Silence commission for the Chapel of the Separate Prison, Port Arthur, Tasmania

- Proximities (Leber/Chesworth/Nelson) Commonwealth Games commission for William Barak Bridge, Melbourne

- Oceanic Endless (Leber/Chesworth/Nelson) commission for Cardinia Life, Melbourne

- The Master's Voice commission for City Walk, Canberra

- 5000 Calls commission for Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

- Landing Place commission for Botany Bay National Park, Sydney

- Field Formation commission for AAMI Park, Melbourne