David Chesworth and Sonia Leber - The Masters Voice
  Year :   2001
  Location :   Australia
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   Stainless steel grids, Sensors, 8 Loudspeakers, 2 Channels
  Info :   City Walk, Canberra - ongoing project

  Work Details  
  The Master’s Voice is Canberra’s first permanent soundscape artwork, commissioned by ACT Government Public Art Program. It was created by artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth in association with h2O architects. A low wall snakes along the edge of a small park at the eastern end of City Walk, and sounds emanate from a rhythmic series of stainless steel grids inserted into the wall and ground. When people walk past, they trigger the unexpected real-world sounds of people talking to animals, but with the sounds of the animals edited out, the voices seem to be calling out directly to the passersby: beckoning, controlling, coaxing. The addressee has been changed and visitors find themselves implicated in the work. The artists are interested in the juxtaposition of these personalised, intimate vocalisations in an urban, public space surrounded by commercial and government buildings. In this place – called ‘Civic’ no less – the work is not so much about the nature of the park but about the relationship of ‘citizens’ to their ‘civic spaces’. The Master’s Voice includes a diversity of communication techniques recorded at a variety of locations including farms, parks, training schools, zoos, veterinary practices and animal shows. The work can be heard daily during daylight hours at the eastern end of City Walk in Canberra, near corner of Akuna Street. The work was installed at Adelaide University in March 2002 as part of the analogue2digital conference.