sound, 27 minutes, looped
At the entry point to The Museum of Non Participation at Artspace, visitors will find themselves immediately immersed in a spectrum of sound. Sound therapy which utilises frequencies and vibrational properties to induce states of meditation, relaxation and healing, as well as brain waves associated with daydreaming and imagining has been used for centuries across cultures from chanting to didgeridoos and Tibetan singing bowls. For this new audio work, Mirza and Butler have collaborated with musician Siri Sadhana, creating what is known as a gong bath or meditation to literally and metaphorically set the tone for the exhibition. This sonic antechamber provides a moment of pause or reset before crossing the threshold.
Letter to the Left, 2016
ink on paper
On view here is another new work created especially for the 20th Biennale of Sydney that acts as a kind of premise to the exhibition at large. It draws on Ursula Le Guins utopian sci-fi novel of 1974, The Dispossessed, which details radically different societies on two close planets: Urras, on which there are multiple states each with their own governing body; and Anarres, with no government or economic system. Shevek is the books protoganist who travels between the two and who reappears in Mirza and Butlers Museum. Like Le Guins celebrated classic, the range of works presented across the galleries tap into notions both utopic and dystopic: anarchy, revolution, individualism, collectivism, capitalism, power, resistance, agency and freedom.
Letter to the Left