Melbourne Zoo (fragments)

Melbourne Zoo (fragments)


Stereo sound work, 2013, 11 minutes

Listening within a zoo is an auditory experience complicated and characterised by interactions between architecture, entertainment, captivity, education and cultural traditions. Animals are at the centre, but how we listen is mediated through the sonic effects, spectatorships and power dynamics that occur within such a context.

Employing walking as a compositional device and mobilising the listener’s perspective throughout the piece, Melbourne Zoo (fragments) is a sonic geography tracing the pathways and perimeters of the zoo grounds and enclosures.

The work was presented in the Now Hear This listening program of the Melbourne Now Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2013-2014.