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I don’t care much for winter, but I do love a good road trip! Throw in a borrowed obsession for all things bird, some moody mist-filled mountains, and the best lemon tart in the antipodes and you won’t hear another peep out of me ’til spring.

Sound art collective Triangulate have been very busy in the lead up to their bird inspired concert Whips and Tendrils – both in the studio and out in the field. Luckily, I got to traipse around the countryside with them as their unofficial fieldwork documenter, while they hunted the most elusive of bird sounds.

While I wasn’t involved in the recordings in any technical capacity, I like to think that I helped in the search for any and all bird-related sounds. This involved lots of wild pointing at the sky and various other muted mannerisms. I also learnt to stop dead in my tracks on command in order to avoid becoming an electroacoustic soundbite.

I certainly didn’t start out as a bird nerd, but this experience has changed me. Not only have I been sensitised to the minutiae of sounds that their wings, feet and beaks make, I have become hyper aware of the persistent hum of humanity encasing them.

After the concert has been performed in September at the Campbeltown Arts Centre, I’ll put be putting a short video together documenting the trio’s process.



Feeling very privileged to be chosen for the PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) Hatched exhibition this year – an annual showcase of selected works from art colleges all around Australia.

Carol was carefully packaged up in a giant Raider’s of the Lost Ark style crate by the good marketing people at Sydney College of the Arts, and shipped to the other side of Australia.

I did not make my way over in a crate, but arrived in one piece just the same. With husband in tow, we took PICA up on their kind offer of an insider art tour of Perth, discovered some of the city’s most secretive small bars and attended the main event: Hatched opening night.

The populace of Perth must have shown up that night too, as PICA’s substantial gallery spaces and corridors writhed with people. This did nothing to quell my opening night stage fright which manifested itself in a stand-off situation with my designated name tag. Several sparkling wines later, I managed to give in to the intensity and slapped on the giant sticker. As a good friend of mine always says on nights like these “It’s showtime!”

For more information on the show including press and artist bios, check out PICA’s website.