Social Isolation is an act of love
we contain multitudes
April 6, 2020
Tiddafly is n audio installation about identity, fear, and survival, narrating Indigenous pasts/presents/futures through spoken word and sound. Engaging with disremembered history and erasures, Tiddafly repositions and reclaims space. This work asks: what truly comforts us when we are sick?
Self-Isolation is an Act of Love is a poetic exploration of the duty of isolation during a pandemic. The poem is part of an ongoing series Ellen publishes weekly in "The Saturday Paper."
Presented By: Artist
Ellen van neerven
Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer, editor, and educator of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage. Ellen's books include Throat (2020), Heat and Light (2014) and Comfort Food (2016).
X-risk asks questions of human identity and responsibility in the face of existential risk. The world will end with a bang, crunch, shriek or whimper. We will face it together. We feel the urge to act.
We Contain Multitudes is an audio exit poll that traces our dead, and their societies, and give us clues to the risk of the next anthropogenic disaster. An interdisciplinary sound work by artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, developed with Live Umbrella, Finland, We Contain Multitudes asks the unreliable oracle of cloud-space to mediate between remembrance and forgetting; between noisy narratives and the silent infrastructure of disease control; between viruses, bacteria and the intersectional phages. A citizen survey canvasses who is grievable, who receives the vaccine, and how greater inclusivity can inform our future risks.
Presented By: Artist
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian artists who create unexpected situations for listening. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about sound in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions. Their practice intertwines local, national and international relationships.
They have an award winning long term collaborative practice. In 2017 their practice was awarded the national Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Artforms.
Their work has been presented and commissioned widely internationally including Setouchi Trienalle, Japan: Theater Der Welt, Germany: Brighton Festival UK: Sonica Festival Glasgow: Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju: Incheon Art Platform, Seoul: Sydney Festival Australia: Melbourne Festival Australia: AsiaTopa, Melbourne: Perth Festival Australia: MONA FOMA Australia: Kennedy Center, Washington USA, ANTI Festival Finland amongst many others.
Their current areas of interest are the sound of existential risk, the audio agents of artificial intelligence in public space, and long form socially engaged public art interventions. Madeleine is working currently on Diaspora and Token Armies for Melbourne Festival.