18 October 2018

Big Earth Listening

Part science experiment part artwork, this project turns the sounds of the earth under MPavilion into an immersive listening experience

MPavilion is an civic space for the community to engage and share ideas. Commissioned by the Naomi Milgren Foundation, an outstanding architect designs a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens to host almost 4 months of programming.

In 2018, the fifth MPavilion is designed by Barcelona-based architect and educator Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós. Her aspiration is that the pavilion will be ‘a place to experience with all the senses; to establish a sophisticated relationship with nature.’

Inspired by this we asked, ‘What would it be like to listen to an aspect of nature hidden from us, the Earth below MPavilion?’

Using special microphones buried in and around the MPavilion mounds we are uncovering underground sounds; vibrations from traffic, people walking, insects burrowing, tree roots bending in the wind.

People can travel ‘underground’ to experience the acoustic space below MPavilion. As they navigate around a simple virtual reality they can hear the symphony of natural sounds move and change around them.

This project aims to evoke new ideas around acoustic ecologies and reveal unheard connections to the land and sense of place in which we live. Focusing on sound rather than vision, Big Earth listening allows you to explore “seeing with your ears”.

Dive beneath the earth of MPavilion here. Find out more about the research behind here.

MPavilion 2018 is open free to the public from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019 in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct.

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