Clunes Free Library
November 1st – December 13th 2021
During this residency Thembi will be reworking their sound installation ‘Held Down, Expanding’ for improved functionality, wheelchair accessibility and covid-safety, in collaboration with designer Jen Tran. This installation was first presented at MONA FOMA in 2018, followed by showings at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne (pictured) as part of Liquid Architecture’s Polyphonic Social program, and at Red Door Gallery as part of Clunes’ Booktown Festival.
Using a custom- designed multi-speaker sound system, ‘Held Down, Expanding’ provides a unique, expanding and contracting experience of abstract sound for one person at a time. It was created as a reflection of the non-verbal, felt experience of perceptual disorientation caused by trauma and its manifestation as symptoms of what might be labelled mental illness.
Held Down, Expanding was a finalist for the 2019 APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. More information on the installation can be found here.
The Held Down, Expanding Residency and Remount is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.