'Wet Matter', 2020 is one of two major new commissions produced for 'Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome Is Certain' at Monash University Museum of Art, the first survey exhibition of Sydney based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape which brings together key works from 2008 to the present.
'Wet Matter', 2020 is an augmented sonic reality experience that bridges the embodied experience of performing with the act of being a witness. Based on the artist's understanding of the body as being both physically and metaphorically porous—continuous with the fluid world around us—the work comprises a wall painting, cloud points applied by members of Google’s Creative Lab, exhibition furniture and approximately 140 sounds ranging from field recordings to spoken monologues that can be experienced by wearing headphones and a harness fitted with a Smart Phone.
Featuring sound by Evelyn Ida Morris and contributions by Lizzie Thomson and Brian Fuata, the work is driven by the Sounds in Space app made by Google's Creative Lab and reveals collaboration as an important site for experimentation—where new ideas and languages are created, and where the previously unimaginable is made actual.
Wet Matter 2020
various .wav files loaded onto Pixel smartphone, Sounds in Space mobile app, audio transmitting devices, custom-made harnesses, delegated wall painting, architectural interventions, gallery attendants, embroidered T-shirts, printed matter
Sound design and music composition by Evelyn Ida Morris
Texts produced by Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Evelyn Ida Morris and Lizzie Thomson
Other sonic, textual and visual materials produced during a workshop with Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Evelyn Ida Morris, Lizzie Thomson and Tea Uglow at ReadyMade Works Studio, Ultimo, 28 September – 1 October 2019
Field recordings made at the Clothing Store, Carriageworks, Eveleigh; Yurong Point/Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and Applebee Street Studios, St Peters in October and November 2019
Additional vocal contributions, sound recording and post-production by Alyx Dennison
Trumpet performance by Eamon McNelis
Signwriting by Graeme Shipperlee
Courtesy of the artist and The Commercial, Sydney
Made with help from friends at Google
Special thanks to Tea Uglow and Leah Giblin