Listening Device VII:Felt Histories, with Blacktown Arts Centre

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


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Listening Procession

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Testing the Listening Procession -an audio journey of spiritual sites of Sydney the interactive sound platform gives the particpant an activated as thof listened spiritual sites. activated as you walk across the copper drawings

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Audio Landscape

Test project using woven conductive thread, binaural recordings and touch technology. Developed and installed for the inaugural exhibition SWAMP at Join the Dots Workshop, Marrickville.

Sounds of Marrickville include: State of Origin, Frogs, Local pool, Protest march.

Images by Peter Morgan

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Plastic Histories Depature Drawings at SLOT, Redfern

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‘Plastic Histories: the Departure Drawings’ was devised and installed directly into the window at SLOT Space, Redfern.  This durational work took 15 days and several late nights to resolve and commenced the opening night of Sydney Contemporary 2015.

The drawings, comprised solely from ‘creative crap’ found plastic and recycled materials existing within my studio cachet included straws, plastic cutlery, babies dummy’s, disposable lighters, brain wave readers, bottle caps, nails, plastic coated wire and video tape found in my studio.

For the ‘Departure drawings’ project I posed the question ‘what are the challenges of developing an installation over an set timeline;using only waste materials; in full view of the audience – Redfern Community?’ The project required an open studio approach as I fit work in around employed work; problem solving live to site and exposing the drawing process and creative indecision to the audience, seen through the SLOT Window.  The works rely purely on my own drawn judgements, eye, hand tools and assemblage of the random found objects, plastic discard and recycled waste.

Thank you to Tony Twigg, founder of SLOT Space, it was a privilege to contribute another work and to Peter Morgan for the responsive documentary photography.


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Audio Landscape, SWAMP Join the Dots

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Audio Landscape, a test work developed by Warren Armstrong & Susannah Williams.

Using woven conductive thread, touch technology and sound, the installation presents the listener with an opportunity to touch, see and hear snippets of iconic Sydney sounds including: a suburban pool; an Olympic site frog chorus; an Invasion Day protest march; and a State of Origin national anthem with low flying plane.

A contributory work for the launch of SWAMP gallery at Join The Dots Workshop, Marrickville.

Great working with Ya.



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Family Ties filmed by Vic Silk Production

This short film ‘Family Ties’ by Victoria Silk Productions, records the conclusion of Susannah Williams artist in residency with Arterie program at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The video documents the development process and project installation outside the Oncology treatment ward as it evolved during March.

Family Ties configures a scaled world map, drawn from origami, recycled Readers Digest atlas, string and pins. The coloured pins map the collected family histories and shared travel memories of the Lifehouse community  and visitors, gathered over the three week residency, in February.

Thank you to all who contributed.

Susannah Williams Artist in Residence with Arterie at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney from Susannah Williams on Vimeo.

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Family Ties

Artist in Residence with Artery Programme at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, RPA Hospital Newtown

“Family Ties” is a project that looks at our collective personal histories. Where we are from; where we’d like to go; and other places of interest. Using world maps, string, pins, paper collage and origami we’ll draw a heritage map of the Chris O’Brien Life House community.  

We look forward to contributing to the Arterie Programme and working with the Chris O’Brien Life House patients, visitors and team.

From February 2-18, I mapped the collective travel histories of the visitors, staff and patients, placing a pin and memory tag on the world map for each shared story and conversation.



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