Sonia Leber and David Chesworth in collaboration with Simeon Nelson. Their soundscape is conceived as a sonic
corridor of human voices. The project is built up around recordings
made by the artists of people from the 53 Commonwealth nations who
are now living in Australia.
Each individual voice contributes a distinctive singing style with specific
melodic and rhythmic ornamentation shaped over centuries of cultural
tradition. The artwork can be seen as an imagined crowd through which
actual crowds of pedestrians pass for a time between destinations.
Simeon Nelsons visual element is a calligraphic motif travelling the
length of the soundscape. Its arcs and tendrils frame the mingling
voices, unrolling in syncopation with the dynamic variations within the
soundscape. The changing inflection and gesture of line is derived from
the ornamental systems of many cultures around the world.
SOURCES IN THE CENTRAL ZONE
The artwork pivots around the voices of the local Wurundjeri people,
the traditional owners the land around the city of Melbourne.