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Held Down, Expanding Residency & Remount
Clunes Free Library
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Photographs of Held Down Expanding
Image description: Three photographs of Held Down, Expanding from different angles. The first shows a black structure front on with an open door. Inside seven small speakers pointing towards a reclining chair in the middle are lit by a red glow. The structure is backlit in a room at the Abbottsford Covent in Collingwood, Melbourne, which has an old, industrial look. The second photo shows a silhouette of a person lying in a reclining chair surrounded by speakers, the room glowing red. The third shows the black structure from the outside from the side.

During this residency Thembi will be reworking their sound installation ‘Held Down, Expanding’ for improved functionality, accessibility and covid-safety, in collaboration with designer Jen Tran. The residency will conclude with a public showing, with the dates yet to be confirmed.

Using a custom- designed multi-speaker sound system, Held Down, Expanding provides a unique, expanding and contracting experience of abstract sound 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. 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.

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.

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The Held Down, Expanding Residency and Remount is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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