Megan Cope

In this live performance, Megan Cope's sound installation ‘Untitled (Death Song)’ 2020 is activated by musicians using a range of extended musical techniques developed by instrument builder Isha Ram Das and Liquid Architecture curator Joel Stern.

'Untitled (Death Song)' comprises sound sculptures constructed from discarded mining and industrial equipment. The composition takes its first note from the haunting cries of the yellow-eyed Bush Stone-curlew which the musicians draw out of the instruments. An endangered species within New South Wales, the Bush Stone-curlew is known for its distinctive ghost-like “weer-lo” call, and is often mistaken for a crying baby or wailing woman. This work is a meditation on the sound of Country and Gurrell (Curlew), also known as a harbinger of death in Quandamooka culture.

“I am deeply interested in the sound of Country; if the land could sing, how might it sound? Untitled (Death Song) asks the viewer to think about the role of sound in our lives and the effect of vibration in our bodies and land. It is a work that calls for deep listening, in order to align mind and body with the earth.” —Megan Cope

Megan Cope is a Quandamooka artist whose work investigates issues relating to history, place, environment, contested territories, and power. Isha Ram Das is a composer and sound artist concerned with ecologies of environment and culture. He works with experimental sound techniques to produce performances, installations and recordings. Liquid Architecture is Australia’s leading organisation for artists working with sound and listening.

To keep our audiences safe, we will be keeping numbers limited for this event. Please book via Eventbrite to attend this performance.

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