Creative Antarctica
Visual Art
Creative Antarctica presents

Magnetic Quiet Zone

Philip Samartzis, Sean Williams and Marty Walch
19 Apr 2024 (6 performances)
Fri 19 Apr 2024 10:30 am
Fri 19 Apr 2024 11:30 am
Fri 19 Apr 2024 12:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2024 1:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2024 2:30 pm
Fri 19 Apr 2024 3:30 pm
The Salon at The Hedberg

In the Magnetic Quiet Zone, ambient tonalities blend seamlessly with the bracing polar conditions of Antarctica, creating a captivating immersive landscape.

The profound isolation of the frozen continent and its unique sonic textures serve as fundamental elements underpinning the composition, accentuated by nuanced spatialisations resonating within the Hedberg's world-class exhibition space. Through textured layers of sound, listeners are transported to the heart of Antarctica where the raw beauty of the icy wilderness and the profound stillness of the landscape converge into a mesmerizing auditory experience. The accompanying time-slice animation reveals the subtle nuances of base-life at Mawson Station over the summer of 2017/18. Captured at 150 second intervals, each slice provides a glimpse of the ever-changing weather, the captivating light, and the daily rhythm of human activity. The ever-present daylight of the austral summer distorts the sense of space and elapsed time, culminating in the sensation of an eternal day.

Philip Samartzis is a sound artist, scholar, and researcher with a specific interest in the social and environmental conditions informing remote wilderness regions and their communities. His art practice is based on deep fieldwork where he deploys complex sound recording technology to capture natural, anthropogenic, and geophysical forces. He is particularly interested in concepts of perception, immersion, and embodiment to provide audiences with sophisticated encounters of space and place.

Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times-bestselling, multi-award-winning author and composer. The multi-artform dance work Bárbaros, which he co-conceived and for which he provided narrative design and original music, debuted as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 50th anniversary program and will tour internationally this year. He is Discipline Lead of Creative Writing at Flinders University on Kaurna Country, South Australia.

Martin Walch is a Tasmanian artist who lives and works in Hobart. He works across a range of media including photography, video, sound, computer programming and data visualisation. Walch has been exhibited in national and international venues including Photographica Australis Asia Tour; Naarden Photo Festival Nederlands; ARCO Madrid; the 2002 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.

University of Tasmania and Creative Antartica logos in black sit on a white background.

Tickets are free but registration is essential. 

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50 mins (no interval)

Patrons' Advice
  • This work is a looping sound and video installation, with a duration of 50 mins.

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