Adelaide-based artist Frances Barrett was researching the structure of the human ear when she came across “meatus”, a term referring to any passageway into the body. For an artist and curator whose work has often focused on performance, sound and listening, that single word sparked a thought process that would inspire – and name – her next exhibition.
Meatus, appearing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) from April 2 to June 19, is a venue-wide sound installation that conceives of the gallery’s spaces as a meatus, with separate compositions all designed to blend into one another.
ACCA will be fully given over to Barrett’s immersive concept, drawing attention away from visual stimulus and toward the act of listening. At the exhibition, visitors can choose their own adventure, deciding how long they’ll spend with each element.
Meatus was made possible through Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, which Barrett received in 2019, allowing her to work on a larger scale than ever before. (Honouring the legacy of the late Italian-Australian multi-disciplinary artist Katthy Cavaliere, the $100,000 prize has also funded works in other cities by Sally Rees and Giselle Stanborough.)
Entry to the exhibition is free.
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