land [sound] scape
land[sound]scape, is a video and sound installation by starrs & cmielewski, curated into the third Guangzhou Triennial, China, that opened on 6th September 2008.
It was also exhibited at the Chinese Gardens of Friendship in Darling Harbour, Sydney in February 2010.
Keith Gallasch reviewed the exhibition in RealTime Arts
The work features panoramic images of the “Walls of China” at Lake Mungo in Australia projected onto a double sided suspended video screen. The viewer’s movement around the installation space is tracked by sensors and an ambient spatial audio soundscape responds to this audience movement. The sound incorporates field recordings from the Lake Mungo site, as well as voices speaking the names of early Chinese immigrants to Australia. When the viewer stops moving, the voices gradually fade away.
Lake Mungo in far western New South Wales is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal archeological historical site. …
The name Mungo only dates from 1922 after the old Mungo Woolshed on former Gol Gol station built in 1869 by Chinese labour. Lake Mungo was formed about 45,000 years ago and is the site of Australia’s oldest fossil finds. On the Northern and Eastern shores of the waterless lake stands a 25km crescent shaped dune estimated at between 15,000 to 30,000 years old. The dune was named the ‘Walls of China’ by the Chinese workers employed on Gol Gol Station. Most of the fossil finds that led to the world heritage listing of the park have been found in the Walls of China. Lake Mungo basin has been bone dry for at least 15,000 years. [The Traveler’s guide to Australia]
HD video editing by Greg Ferris. max/MSP programming, Alex Davies.