APT8 Live: In Conversation with Lawrence English




Audition 2015 installed at GOMA during APT8

Join Lawrence English at GOMA from 3pm Saturday 9 April as he discusses his work Audition.

Lawrence English is an artist and composer who uses his creative practice to engender greater spatial awareness. English makes field recordings to capture local environmental sounds that are normally beyond unassisted hearing or exist on the periphery of attention. As a young boy, his father would take him to various outdoor places and ask him to identify sounds without viewing their source. This exercise fascinated English because of its emphasis on a different sensory world.

In Audition 2015 his field recordings are arranged into a composition that is played back through a device that amplifies and contains the sound. This field of heightened listening offers a site-specific experience as the composition mingles and interacts with the Gallery’s own sonic environment, bringing the sounds made within GOMA back into the space of the work, and implicating the viewers in forming the experience.


Lawrence English invites you to be heard in his work, titled Everyday Whispers, record a wish for yourself or your friends and family, the world or the environment, which is then played back among thousands of other wishes through a speaker system.

Lawrence English has also worked with the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre to develop a project for APT8 Kids. Everyday Whispers invites you to record a wish in a specially designed recording booth. Over the course of the exhibition wishes will be collected and played through a panel of speakers suspended from the ceiling. As you walk underneath you will encounter a choir of indistinct voices, a rain of wishes.

APT8 Live
APT8 Live continues to animate QAG and GOMA for the duration of the exhibition, and visitors are invited to engage with the program through our monthly events exploring performance and the body in APT8. These incorporate artist performances, drop-in workshops, curators’ tours and a discussion forum in which performance art specialists, academics and artists consider the breadth of contemporary performance art from the Asia Pacific, and how it contends with the regions wide-ranging issues and contexts.

Closing Weekend: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Live: Supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade