Late in life, Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of long-distance radio transmission, theorised that sound never dies. All past and present sounds fill the air around us, existing beyond our perception. Taking the perpetuity of sound as its starting point, The Future Echoes asks: what are the conditions for the time to come? How can listening be a critical form of political agency for the urgent project of building sustainable and ethical futures?
The Future Echoes by Frances Barrett has been commissioned through the Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, a suite of fellowships for women working at the nexus of performance and installation. Working with collaborator and performance artist Brian Fuata, this development at Adhocracy will explore listening practices, experimental vocal techniques and improvised performance.
The artists will enact work-in-progress performances that draw from this research. Each of the three unique performance will be documented for a bank of sound recordings, contributing to the larger project and its composition
Image: Kate Blackmore
Frances Barrett and Brian Fuata (NSW)