The project, a walk through virtual reality map of Sydney harbour with embedded located sound took 60 hours to realise. It was developed, live to site using Tilt Brush and the HTC Vive at the Rainer Hoff building for the Drawing Exchange with National Art School in August.
It was great to share this virtual experience with such a diverse audience of students, artists and visitors and gauge your response directly. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute this exploratory work. It was a risk!
Images taken by Amy Piddington, thank you Amy.
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An interactive artwork installed into an Enmore bus shelter, Sydney 4th Aug – 30th Oct as part of the Perfect Match Festival 2017, with Inner West Council. Sound communities is supported by a free phone app that can be downloaded at http://www.soundcommunities.net
In the bus shelter itself, there is a touch sensitive copper tape drawing mounted on a large sheet of acrylic plastic. When a visitor arrives at the site and opens the app, the app will pair with a bluetooth circuit attached to the drawing. When the visitor then touches the drawing, they will hear binaurally recorded sounds and stories of communities and community spaces and initiatives in Sydney’s Inner West.
For those who are unable to access the work in the bus shelter, there is a tappable version of the artwork in the app itself. Thank you to all the audio contributors.
Video made by Victoria Silk Productions
This virtual reality drawing was developed using HTC Vive and Tilt Brush for The Drawing Exchange, a collaboration between National Art School and Adelaide School of Art. Exhibited at the Hoff Project Space, Darlinghurst Gaol, Sydney from 7th August to 2 September 2017. The wall work maps sounds and spaces around Sydney Harbour and is 4 x 2.5 x 2 meters in size. Audiences are invited to walk through the VR drawing and physically navigate the drawn marks and embedded sounds.
These interactive tapestries when touched reveal contrasting soundscapes from the Daly River Region Northern Territory, Blacktown New South Wales and City of Ryde, Sydney. These works were a contributory installation at Craft – Art Sound Symposium with De Montfort University, Leicester UK, June 23-24 2017.
Here is a video of audiences reacting with Listening Device VII at the Blacktown Art Centre, along with scenes from the making of the work featuring running commentary by myself, Cath Thornton and Warren Armstrong. The video was produced by the incredibly talented Victoria Silk.
This work is the seventh in a series of interactive installation-based works by Williams & Armstrong that audience members are invited to engage with by taking off their shoes, walking through it and touching its surfaces. As they do so, they will be immersed in binaurally recorded soundscapes and stories delivered by wireless headphones.
The visible elements of the work include a large scale floor mounted drawing in copper tape abstracted from official maps of migrant populations in Blacktown, and samples from the documentation used to initiate the processing of refugee arrivals in the immediate post-WWII period embroidered on an actual blanket given to refugees when they first arrived in Australia at that time.
As a counterpoint to this impersonal documentary material, the audio elements of this work are the stories of those who been through various configurations of this machinery. These are coupled with soundscapes of Blacktown as a place where real lives happen at local pools, along the main street, at celebrations in community halls, the showground, work places and sports events.
The work includes extracts from National Archives of Australia document: A11711, 365-367