For two weeks Woollahra’s The Bond building (40 Queen Street) will resonate with a cacophony of sound, shows and conversations when it’s turned into “Sonos House”. The sound system company, best known for its speakers, has taken over the former Masonic Lodge, private residence and tobacco factory to put on immersive workshops, talks, performances and sonic installations. Male advantage, anxiety, creativity and the importance of music are just some of the topics to be discussed.
At the centre of the line-up is an exhibition by music and fashion photographer She Is Aphrodite (aka Michelle Pitiris). The Melbourne-based artist travelled across the country to capture shots of emerging female musical talent for Battlehymn (which is presented in partnership with Spotify). “I aim to photograph women musicians as powerful, strong and enigmatic,” says Pitiris.
Accompanying each photograph is an individual “Battlehymn”, or a piece of music meaningful to them. “The Battlehymn is the sonic pathway to having these women heard,” says Pitiris, “The ‘female’ conversation has become so poignant this year in light of sexism, harassment and the issue of female worth in the music industry coming to light with the #metoo campaign … We are fighting for our right to be standing next to the men in the industry with our heads high and our dignity intact.”
There are also two “dark immersive” sessions where punters close their eyes and listen to new music by electronic duo Set Mo and rock band DMA's in complete darkness before hearing the stories behind the tracks.
Sydney’s Sarah Wilson, the author of the New York Times bestseller We Make the Beast Beautiful, and singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch discuss the role anxiety plays in the creative process.
Former DJ now Pilates and fitness instructor Leah Simmons will also host a 90-minute “sonically immersive” workout session. “I use the power of music to penetrate the body at a cellular level for physical and emotional healing,” says Simmons.
Sonos House at 40 Queen Street, Woollahra, will be open from July 10 to July 21, with most events ticketed. More information here.