The work of south coast-based artist, Guy Dowsett invites us to consider the sonic wonder of the living world via an immersive, audial experience.
Guests can stand under Dowsett’s sonic structure at St Peter’s Church entrance where, through the spatial and reactive design, you’ll hear hundreds of insects, birds and other creatures call out in a vast and entrancing tapestry of living sound in what Dowsett calls a ‘biophony’. This represents a world where for millennia, humans lived in forests, surrounded by all kinds of animals calling out to their own kind from above us in the trees and all around. Today, humans have journeyed into a habitat more barren, without trees, and where most of the sound we hear is our own. But when we return to the sonic richness of a fertile forest, we begin to remember.
Also a musician and composer, Guy Dowsett’s work is inspired by travels to faraway places, diving into cultures and living and breathing what enters the senses. Collecting and absorbing sounds and influence whilst studying in Helsinki and Melbourne, he has contributed to projects in music, theatre, film and circus.
No ticket required, the installation is situated in the entry porch to the church on the south side. It is open access for you to visit at any time but please maintain social distancing around the installation. We recommend no more than 4 people in the porch at any one time.