madeleine flynn and tim humphrey


am i ever culturelab scigal 2021

A new series of works in development thanks to Science Gallery Melbourne, and ArtsHouse CultureLab, City of Melbourne and their leading teams, Ryan Jeffries, Tilly Boleyn, Kyla McFarlane, Emily Sexton and Tara Prowse.

Looking forward to spending 6 weeks in the new Artist in Residence site at Science Gallery Melbourne.

This investigation is framed by the proposition of science historian, Daisy Hilyard, in The Second Body ( Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) that every living thing has two bodies: a physical body and a body of uncanny global prescence embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems.

We are artists who work in sound and site: the environment of the new Science Gallery Lab also presents itself as a site for investigation. At this place, unceded First Nations land underlies the history as a womens hospital. Now, the “biological lab” has become a dominant cultural motif in the era of the global pandemic, and its “P4” laboratory designation is itself a cultural marker, a performative assemblage.

Our investigation into questions and processes concerning light and sound reflection, inclusion, fracture, swarms, collectivities, ecologies and intersections will involve multiple conversations with University of Melbourne specialists. We will also be working with designer collaborator Jenny Hector, software developer Mick Byrne, media artist Sam McGilp and Bureau of Works.

Some of the streams of interest for us lie in the following areas:

artificial voices//whose voice//the fabrication of voices and other materials using immediately collected sources//gender fluidity/ambiguity in voice//de-human or extended human//sound of swarm//aural pointers to consequent (algorithmic/inertial?) processes//live fracturing of image and voice//mirrors and screens/mirror screens//Transmutation of image//ultrasonic directional sound/space and sound image ambiguity/hallucination//meaning of “swarm”, the fracturing/crowding/movement-dynamics of organic materials//Processes and climate collapse in the interactions between human and the broader bio-physical world, and attempting customised morphologies of site, rendered as structures in sound, light and materials.

This website will be updated as we go.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. We are very grateful for this support, facilitating an expanded set of investigations.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land the Woiwurrung Wurrundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation on whose unceded land we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.