Public Lecture: Walking and listening in the contemporary art gallery

2 Nov 2016

Caleb Kelly
Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Bachelor of Art Theory
University of New South Wales, Sydney

6pm, Wednesday 2 November 
UQ Art Museum
RSVP by Monday 31 October

Ambling through the art gallery we are continually aware of our surrounds and by association with the ever present sounds that emanate from both artworks and the everyday goings-on of the gallery. This paper will discuss these sounds and look to the practice-based research that emerges when walking becomes a means of knowledge transfer in addition to artworks. The talk will focus on artists including Janet Cardiff (Canada), Akio Suzuki (Japan), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland) and Marco Fusinato (Australia).


Akio Suzuki  oto-date 1996, installation view, Around Sound Art Festival, Hong Kong, 2010. | Caleb Kelly

Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. Kelly’s research interests are focused on sound as it relates to art and music. He is the author of Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press) and the editor of Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery), and his forthcoming book Gallery Sound (Bloomsbury Academic) will be published in 2017. Kelly has curated numerous exhibitions, festivals and events, including Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art (2012/2013) for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery, Wellington. He is currently working on a project for Vox Populi art space in Philadelphia entitled Material Sound that will include six contemporary Australian artists who engage sound through their materials-based practices. In 2015, he was the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Presented as part of the ‘Art Talks Big Ideas’ series, Translational Research in Creative Practice, University of Queensland.