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  • The Persuaders: about the artists


    Posted on: 30/06/2014

    Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are the award-winning artists behind Wax Sound Media, creating unique multi-channel sound and multimedia installations for a diverse range of art spaces and public sites.

    The Persuaders is the third in their series of collaborative works which includes the large-scale sound installation 5000 Calls (permanently installed at Sydney Olympic Park) and The Master's Voice (permanently installed in Canberra's City Walk).

    These three projects feature human vocalisations from everyday contexts. Each installation is designed as a supple, ever-changing 'crowd system' where the fragments of vocalisations intersect with each other in different ways, at different times.

    In October 2002 the artists exhibited 5000 Calls along the Millennium Riverwalk in Cardiff, and in May 2003 they will be installing it along Ljubljana's Shoemaker's Bridge in Slovenia.

    Sonia Leber started focusing on the use of sound as a creative medium after more than a decade of working in film and video. Her films have been exhibited widely at film festivals and contemporary art spaces including Germany's Oberhausen International Film Festival, Madrid Week of Experimental Cinema, the Aurora Australis tour of galleries in Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Australian Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1994, Leber curated the major sound art event 'Earwitness: Excursions in Sound'.

    David Chesworth's distinctive music compositions and sound installations have been performed and exhibited extensively around Australia as well as the Americas, Europe and Japan. Major festivals which have featured his work include Ars Electronica, Festival d'Automne de Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Biennale, SoundCulture and Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. Chesworth's many awards include a Churchill Fellowship in 1997.

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    The artists gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the participants. Thanks also to Darren Steffen, Simon Crosbie and Steve Miller for their support.

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