6 May 2017

collaboration with Mark Harwood, 'Liar Lyre' at the Wellcome Collection, London


In early May, London-based Australian sonic artist Mark Harwood and I collaborated on a piece for an event at the Wellcome Collection, organised by academic, poet, film curator and experimental geographer Amy Cutler. Liar Lyre saw "experimental geographers, musicians, field recordists, multi-media artists, poets and composers play with alternate ways of sound-tracking nature documentaries in live collaborations". The event was part of a weekend at the museum called Remaking Nature, and part of the preliminary public programmes to the exhibition A Museum of Modern Nature, which runs at the Wellcome from June to October. 

Mark and my collaborative performance was whipped together in a whirlwind of emails and a skype date over the space of about a week, and stretched the distance between New Zealand and London through radio communication, tales of lazarus taxa, and speculations on nature and (neo)colonialism, re-soundtracking the first footage of the Takahe, the year after it was rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in 1948.  

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