Faceless Music: Alone & Lonely
05 August 2009
Jason Sweeney at cia studios
Investigating ‘anti-social’ networking spaces, Jason Sweeney began the Faceless Music project while in residency at cia studios, Perth.
He collected stories, sounds, noises, anecdotes, nightmares and confessionals about attempts at living a life online. Following an initial public call-out, diverse submissions arrived from all over the world. With this material Sweeney started a sonic library and an online blog/vlog tracing the Faceless Music project-in-process.
The three-month residency allowed Sweeney an intensive period of research and creative development towards this new work. He constructed sounds and refined recordings in the cia media lab. Sweeney also experimented with hybrid performance possibilities, working closely with pvi collective who manage cia studios, and presenting sound performances throughout Perth. Finally he presented a live performance event and installation, a composition of all the material collected and developed over the residency.
Faceless Music extends Sweeney’s research into ‘audience projects,’ which he has been pursuing with the collective Unreasonable Adults. They engage an interested public through an open submission process which results in creative outcomes made by the artist/s. The next phase of Faceless Music will continue to explore these potentials, questioning what happens when people disappear online.
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Jason Sweeney was supported during his 2008-9 residency at cia studios by the Australia Council through the Inter-Arts Artist-Initiated Residency grant.
Jason Sweeney, Faceless Music, performance video and photograph of residency set-up.