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Shifting Soundscapes

Fayen d’Evie
Gail Priest

jonathan parsons, Experimenta artistic director

date: wednesday 15 april 2020
Time: 2:00pm (AEST) /  Free Event.


For the next 3 months our Experimenta Social series moves to a live online platform and continues to provide proximity to some of Australia’s most adventurous contemporary artists, researchers and creative technologists.

During this unprecedented time, as so many of the world’s citizens are isolating in their homes and our towns and cities rapidly shut down business-as-usual activities, we find ourselves dwelling in remarkable new environments on both a personal and community scale. Stripped back of traffic and industry, the daily rituals and routines of urban life, our world is sounding different to how it’s ever sounded before. Is this an opportunity for us to reflect and reconsider our aural lives and the role of sound in our environment?  

This month we will hear from two artists whose practices do just that, prioritising sound as a medium and our hearing senses as a potent way to explore meaning and experience. 

Fayen d’Evie is an artist and writer, whose practice pursues the radical potential of blindness. Her projects are often conversational and collaborative, exploring alternative sensory languages and experimenting with embodied typography.

 Gail Priest’s practice features sound as the key material of communication and investigation. Her experiential work spans installation, live performance and video, immersing the listener and heightening awareness of the aural realm.


Fayen d’Evie is an artist and writer, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and now living in the bushlands of unceded Dja Dja Wurrung country in Australia. Her projects are often collaborative, and resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks.

Fayen pursues the radical potential of blindness, advocating blindness as a critical position capable of agitating ocularnormative biases, stirring intersensory conversation, and generating methods attuned to navigating the tangible and intangible, hallucinations, uncertainty, the precarious, the invisible, and the concealed. With artist Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, which revisits neglected and obscured histories through scores that activate embodied readings. Fayen is also the founder of 3-ply, which approaches artist-led publishing as an experimental, critical, and poetic site for the creation, mutation, dispersal, and archiving of texts.

Selected exhibitions include: The National, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2019; Eavesdropping, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2018; ee//hm, KADIST, San Francisco, 2016; Beyond Exhausted, Physics Room, Christchurch, 2016; […] {…} […], Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne 2016; Human Commonalities, V.A.C. and the State Museum of Vadim Sidur, Moscow, 2016; Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Biennial, Healesville, 2016.

Gail Priest is a Katoomba/Sydney-based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. Focused on encouraging intensive engagement with the aural she variously employs voice, machine noise, harmonic material, text and video to explore the liminal zone between figuration and abstraction. She has exhibited her own sound-based media installations nationally and internationally, most recently as part of Experimenta Make Sense national touring exhibition (2017-2020).

Her interactive project Sounding the Future, undertaken as part of her Australia Council Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellowship, was exhibited in ISEA2016 Hong Kong, Werkleitz Festival Germany and at UTS Gallery, Sydney. She was commissioned to create a large scale performance-installation (with Thomas Burless), A continuous self-vibrating region of intensities, for Performance Space Liveworks (2019) and The SUBSTATION (dates TBC). She performs semi-improvised electronic music and releases can be found on her own label Metal Bitch as well as Flaming Pines and Endgame records. She has curated exhibitions and concerts and written extensively about sound and media arts for RealTime Magazine (2001-2018). She also founded the site, Audible Women, highlighting the work of female identifying artists working with sound.


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Image Credit: ‘SonoLexic’ (2017) by Gail Priest. An Experimenta and ANAT Commission, presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense.