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Exhibition |Glossolalia

Held on the 7th May 2022 to
25th Jun 2022

, Southern Tasmania

Add to Calendar 2022-05-07 --:--:-- 2022-06-25 --:--:-- Australia/Sydney Exhibition |Glossolalia A two-part exhibition that features four national art practitioners. Plimsoll Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart

Plimsoll Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart


A two-part exhibition that features four national art practitioners.

Matt Warren, Still from The Pull Of Gravity, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist

Image credit: Matt Warren, Still from The Pull Of Gravity, 2017.

Glossolalia - the phenomenon of apparently speaking in an unknown language - is a two-part exhibition that features four national art practitioners, each creating a distinctive, yet harmonic experience through time-based media.

Glossolalia part 1 is a selection of seven artworks by leading Tasmanian time-based media artist Matt Warren. Curated by Colin Langridge part 1 will explore conceptual and aesthetic threads of connection between Matt's earlier explorations in video and sound, and more contemporary technology.

Glossolalia part 2 is a gathering of three artists who play with the "hidden" or "obscured" in their work, the exposure of an occult of images and sound. Curated by Matt Warren, part 2 features the work of Gail Priest, Sean Bacon and Abbie Calvert.

Presented by Dark Mofo and the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania

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About the Artists:

Gail Priest is a sound artist, curator and writer living on Darug and Gundungurra land now known as Katoomba, NSW. Her practice encompasses performance, recording, sound design for dance and theatre, installation, curation and writing. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally at events and galleries. She also works collaboratively with visual artists, choreographers, theatre makers and fellow sound artists undertaking several collaborations with Matt Warren and the Unconscious Collective (Tas). She has music releases on her own label, Metal Bitch Recordings as well as Flaming Pines. She also curates events and exhibitions and writes fictively and factually about sound and media art.

Dr Matt Warren is a Hobart-based artist living in nipaluna (Hobart). His practice encompasses immersive electronic installation, single channel video and sound works. The works investigate memory, transcendence, liminal spaces and suspension of disbelief. His music and sound practice has a basis in both composition and improvisation. He performs and records electro-acoustic and drone works under his own name and collaborates with others under a number of monikers. His practice is informed by psychedelia, digital abstraction and hauntology.

Abbie Calvert is an interdisciplinary artist based in nipaluna (Hobart). She works mostly with installation, participatory events, moving image and sound. In her practice she explores the relationship between language and the world, often seeking out strategies that may illuminate the ways in which traces of histories, shared experiences, embodiment and environment become deeply embedded in modes of communication.

Sean Bacon is a Sydney-based video designer who has been working in the industry for almost two decades, collaborating with many national and international artists. Sean’s talent is his use of live video in performance. He is one of Australia’s leading practitioners working with live capture and live mixing of the visual elements in performance, creating a unique and dynamic theatrical environment. Sean's art practice works across a wide variety of platforms, including film, installation, public art, stage and dance.

About the Curators:

Dr Colin Langridge is an academic and a curator, he lectured in art at UTAS from 2005-2021. He has curated or co-curated 12 exhibitions since 2002 and coordinated the Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT) Curatorial Mentorship Program since 2009. His curatorial practice sits alongside his art practice, which is generally Post-Minimal, and both are informed by concerns about culture and the values that drive it. He works through art towards questioning and understanding our relationship with the greater world in the hope of developing an attitude of care.

Dr Matt Warren is an emerging curator based in nipaluna (Hobart). Although having previously curated very small-scale exhibitions and independent film festivals, Matt’s curatorial practice proper began in 2012 with the Contemporary Arts Tasmania curatorial mentorship, resulting in the 8 person sound exhibition “In A Silent Way”. In 2014 Matt co-curated and compiled two volumes of Tasmanian experimental music and sound art for the Rough Skies label compilations “Convergence”, available on limited edition cassette and as a download. He co-curated as part the Unconscious Collective, the sound and experimental music program “Flux” in 2016’s Unconformity Festival in Queenstown. Warren’s approach to curating is to thematically or conceptually link the works and consider the acoustic and optical space between them, how they may interact and the potential for unplanned collaborations.

Glossolalia launches at Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, as part of Dark Mofo festival.

Gallery Opening Hours

Gallery hours during Dark Mofo: 8 – 22 June
Open nightly 5pm – 9pm

Gallery hours all other times: Saturday 7 May - 25 June 2022
11am – 4pm Tuesdays – Saturdays, closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays

This is an in-person event.  Plimsoll Gallery will ensure that capacity requirements are observed in a Gallery space at all times. All visitors are required to be fully vaccinated, wear a mask and observe hygiene and physical distancing practices.

Wheelchair access is available in the gallery spaces. Please contact gallery staff if you require assistance.

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