Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
Almost Always Everywhere Apparent, 2007
16 channel audio, 6 channel video, wood, Bondor, polystyrene, acrylic, light
As the recipients of the third annual Helen Macpherson Smith Commission, Leber and Chesworth created a large scale installation for the cavernous main exhibition space at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, using sound, video, architecture and public participation.
Human voices resonate through a series of confined corridors leading to a central, cathedral-like space. The project references both Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon model prison design and the Cathedral as two architectural apparatuses with a surprising aspect in common: both rely on an unseen, all-seeing observer. And both use voices in interesting ways.
Solo exhibitions at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2007) and Mildura Arts Centre (2008). A version was created for 'Stealing The Senses' at Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2011).
A full project history can be found at leberandchesworth.com/installations/almost-always-everywhere-apparent/