From an episode of SmartArts∙Presented by Richard Watts
SmartArts: Behind The Inquisitive Art Of Sonia Leber And David Chesworth
Sound and video artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth drop by the studio to chat about their new video piece Where Lakes Once Had Water. After accepting an invitation to accompany a bunch of scientists out to the Northern Territory, David and Sonia used electromagnetic microphones to capture the whizzing and whirring of the scientist’s tools and devices trying to understand the world. They then combined these sounds with stories told by local indigenous groups to create a work that explores our relationship to understanding and living with country.
The large-scale, dual-screen 28-minute video work is now showing at Tarrawarra Museum of Art, alongside the pair’s series of sound works, Sound Before Sound I, II and III, until 13 November 2022.