25 September 2009
Long fencing wires in the rural NSW landscape underpin a range of experimental audio, visual, scientific and community-based practices in this creative research laboratory.
This project expands upon Dr Alan Lambís internationally renowned research into an instrument he calls The Wires. Since the mid 1970ís Lamb has been developing this audible instrument made from fencing wire which spans expanses of Australian landscape between 70m to over 1km. The instrument Ďsingsí with wind, barometric air pressure, temperature, seismic vibration, and with interaction from people and wildlife. The Wires is an example of a real world complex system, providing a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary arts practice and scientific research.
Curator Sarah Last has worked a core team of artists including Lamb, David Burraston and Robin Fox to develop The W I R E D Lab, located on a farm on the South West Slopes of NSW. This is a permanent research site for artists, musicians and science practitioners to experiment with the sonic, visual, computational, science and medical possibilities of The Wires.
The W I R E D Lab program includes residencies and workshops to allow experimental artists and scientists to work together with Lamb and The Wires. With public concerts, a website and ning site, the project engages both the local Cootamundra community, Australian and international artists, and broader online audiences. View further information here.
The W I R E D Labhas been supported through the Australia Council by the ArtLab initiative. ArtLab brings together new interdisciplinary collaborations for creative research programs. Previous ArtLab projects include:
· Thinking Through The Body, 2008-9.
· The Transmission Project, 2008-9.
See further details about the ArtLab initiative.