release date: 18 may 2021
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guest episode: Sonia Leber + David Chesworth
In this episode of the sonic sketchbooks podcast I’m in conversation with Melbourne artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth who create compelling audio-visual installations using video, sound, architecture, objects and recorded performance.
Their works are products of detailed interrogatory research, speculation and conjecture, often arising in the context of artist residency programs in various parts of the world including the UK and Russia.
In 2015 the late, hugely influential Nigerian-born contemporary art curator and writer Okwui Enwezor selected their work ‘Zaum Tractor’ for inclusion in his personally curated component of the 56th Venice Biennale ‘All The World’s Futures’, just one of the many significant contemporary art contexts in which they’ve exhibited.
In this conversation with the artists in their Melbourne home and me in my Sydney studio, we discuss three projects from their impressive catalogue of work – What Listening Knows, Zaum Tractor, and Where Lakes Once Had Water. Excerpts from these works are peppered through the podcast.
photo of sonia & david: Sergio Urbina, HIAP, Helsinki
Leber and Chesworth