Biennale of Sydney: The Great Animal Orchestra

Sat 12th March, 2022 – Mon 13th June, 2022
Stargazer Lawn
27 Hickson Road, Barangaroo
Price: Free
Prepare for a collision of culture and nature in this soundscape at the Biennale of Sydney 2022.

The Biennale of Sydney is a celebration of global inclusivity, hosting a series of “conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems” populated by artworks, public programs and experiments.

From March 12 to June 13, the event – which is titled rīvus – will transport visitors via works dotted around Sydney, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Barangaroo,Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Art School in partnership with Artspace, The Rocks and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. The Cutaway at Barangaroo is the base for the Biennale’s public program, The Waterhouse.

On the Stargazer Lawn at Barangaroo for the entirety of the exhibition, you’ll find The Great Animal Orchestra. Created by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause (who worked with musicians like The Doors and created effects for film scores, before focusing solely on field recording) and London-based collective United Visual Artists, the environmentally focused work will seek to transport you out of the city and to far-off pockets of isolated natural wonders.

A soundscape of 15,000 animal species recorded over the last 50 years will evoke sensations of tropical grasslands, savannas and Arctic tundra. Krause’s research is a rare insight into the unseen world of animals, and through his recording, we’re able to start listening before hush descends on the ‘great animal orchestra’. The immersive soundscape comes to life with visualisations of each animal’s contributions to the orchestra in vulnerable habitats in Africa, North America, the Pacific Ocean and the Amazon River.

Entry is free, registrations are essential

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