Frances Barrett at ACCA / Naarm (Melbourne)

 Frances Barrett / Meatus


A project led by Frances Barrett with Nina Buchanan, Debris Facility Pty Ltd., Hayley Forward, Brian Fuata, Del Lumanta and Sione Teumohenga


2 April - 19 June, 2022


Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

111 Sturt street

Southbank, VIC 

Australia



Frances Barrett, Hayley Forward, Brian Fuata, worm divination (segmented realities) 2020, immersive sound environment 32:30 mins. Audio Engineer: Felix Abrahams Speaker System: Yamaha DZR10 and DZR12 speakers, with DXS18 subs. Programming: Barco’s IOSONO 3D Spatial Audio Rendering System. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. ACCA also acknowledges the support of Yamaha; aFX-Global; Monash University Art Design and Architecture, Melbourne; Chunky Move, Melbourne; Vitalstatistix, Adelaide; and Artspace, Sydney. Courtesy the artists. Photograph: Andrew Curtis




Del Lumanta, Untitled 2020, sound installation, 15:00 mins, installation view, Frances Barrettt: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis





Nina Buchanan, Body Scanner 2021, multi-channel sound installation 15:00–20:00 mins, installation view, Frances Barrettt: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis



 Sione Teumohenga, Untitled 2020, site-specific sound composition, 14:04 mins, installation view, Frances Barrett: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis





Debris Facility Pty Ltd, EarWorm 2020-22, installation view, Frances Barrettt: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis




Debris Facility Pty Ltd, EarWorm 2020-22, installation view, Frances Barrettt: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis




Debris Facility Pty Ltd, EarWorm 2020-22, installation view, Frances Barrettt: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022. Commissioned by ACCA with the support of The Katthy Cavaliere Foundation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis






















































































































Frances Barrett / Meatus


Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship is a suite of unique commissions, originally announced in 2018, to support Australian women artists working at the nexus of performance and installation. Drawing on her background in performance, curating and collaborative models of making, Frances Barrett has expanded the solo commissioning focus of the Fellowship to present new sonic compositions and live performances by multiple artists. Alongside a major sound installation by Barrett, developed in collaboration with Hayley Forward and Brian Fuata, Barrett has curated specially commissioned sound compositions by artists Nina Buchanan, Del Lumanta and Sione Teumohenga, as well as a series of incursions by Debris Facility Ltd, responding to the concept of Meatus.

A ‘meatus’ is an opening or passage leading to the interior of the body. Encompassing a range of sensations and functions, the plurality of meatus becomes a way for Barrett to explore a practice of listening that decentres the ear to activate the entire body, attuned to both conscious responses and unconscious intensities.

Barrett has conceived of ACCA’s four galleries as an immersive environment of sound and light – a performative staging of the body, which bleeds and leaks, and into which the audience may enter to consider the physical, sensual and critical experience of listening. Meatus foregrounds the affective and relational dynamics of sound and listening to address the attendant and expanded possibilities of the body.

Commissioning Curator Annika Kristensen has said “Meatus is a radical reimagining of the art gallery – transforming a space which traditionally presents visual experiences into a theatrical and enveloping environment in which sound becomes the primary object. It’s been a pleasure to work with Frances in her dual role as artist and curator to finally realise this ambitious project, now presented at a time when visitors can once again enjoy the embodied intensities of being within a physical gallery space.”

Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, named after the Italian-born Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (19722012), is presented in partnership between the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney; and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.











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