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Material Sound curator floor talk

Start Date

June 19, 2021 1:00 pm



Join Material Sound curator Caleb Kelly for a unique guided tour of the exhibition.

Saturday 19 June 2021 

Plimsoll Gallery
1:00 - 2:00pm

No booking required but numbers will be limited. You may be asked to wait if we reach capacity.


Material Sound is a multi-form exhibition that draws together six art practitioners and collaborative groups, each creating an experience of sound within installations constructed from everyday  materials. Handmade instruments and electronics, recycled components, outmoded technologies,  fake technologies, imagined sounds, and silences are brought together to challenge the way we  think about materiality in a cumulative sound experience.

Material Sound
features work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Vincent & Vaughan O’Connor and Ross Manning, whose works and practices investigate sound and materials within art and performance. These artists are at the forefront of an international interest in the material qualities of sound and its modes of generation. In Australia, this interest particularly addresses the ecological consequences of the materials we so readily consume and discard.

Curated by Caleb Kelly


About the Curator

Dr Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. He is an Associate Professor at UNSW Art & Design. Alongside curating Material Sound, he has most recently curated Sounds, Materials and the Black Mountain College for the Black Mountain College Art Museum.

In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He has also edited Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery in London), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Kelly's third book entitled, Gallery Sound was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Imperfections: studies in mistakes, flaws and failures (2021)

Kelly is a sought after exhibition catalogue essayist and has written essays for Aneglica Mesiti at the Venice Biennale (2019), Audioshphere at the Reina Sofía National Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain (2020) and Tangible/Intangible: The Sound of Sculpture, for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand (2020).


Material Sound at Warrnambool Art Gallery - In Conversation with Caleb Kelly from Museums & Galleries of NSW on Vimeo.


Exhibition dates: Saturday 12 June -  Saturday 24 July 2021
Gallery Hours all other times: Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 5pm (during exhibitions)
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Public holidays