David Chesworth and Sonia Leber - Proximities
  Year :   2006
  Location :   Australia
  Worktype :   a public art project
  Materials:   Applied paintwork, 60 grilles, 56 loudspeakers, 4 sensors, 24 channels
  Info :   William Barak Bridge, Melbourne commissioned by the Victorian Government to celebrate the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

  Work Details  
  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.