What's On

The water keeps running even after you turn your back on it

Bridget Chappell

Live Audio Visual Work
Presented by Arts House as part of Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series

Thu 28 & Fri 29 Apr, 2022
From 9:00am

Durational event over 36 hours, drop in online at any time 

Free – no bookings required

Listen to the sounds of the Great Artesian Basin: the world’s largest reservoir of groundwater, and a resource that reaches far into our lives in ways we do not see.

Throughout 2021 Makeshift Publics artists have thought deeply about the unexamined spaces and systems that sustain us, and Bridget Chappell has taken a deep dive into a realm that is vital to our lives but that few of us understand: The Great Artesian Basin is the largest reservoir of groundwater in the world, and is essential to drinking, farming, communications and supply chains across the continent.

Whether you live in an urban centre or somewhere in the vast interior, it’s almost guaranteed that you rely on this subterranean life source.

This work invites you to the well – Chappell has installed a webcam at the site of one of the bores that tap the Basin, along with a hydrophone deep within the underground system that broadcasts what it hears. Across 36 hours you are invited to listen to, and be with this natural wonder; challenging the falsity of ‘remoteness’ encouraged by modes of living that allow us to not see the materials we siphon from our environment.


About the Artist

Hextape\Bridget Chappell is an artist trying to contextualise a lot of trespass and nostalgia, through raves, rave music, custom sound systems, pirate radio stations, poetry, classical cello, doom metal, podcasts, and so on.

Chappell is an artist larping as a scientist; data sonification, 3D sound modelling, live coding, siren phase cancellation, etc. Chappell is the founder of the award-winning Sound School (Narrm\Melbourne) and current co-director of artist-run initiative Watch This Space (Mparntwe\Alice Springs).

Artist Statement

Makeshift Publics has been a year-long investigation of that undervalued undercurrent of all creative work, social practice. Tensions between art as obsession, profession, healing and commodity have been located and pulled apart, alongside artists and art workers artists and art workers I really respect and have learnt a lot from.

Image credit: Bridget Chappell

Image description: Image shows a black and white drawing of the great artesian basin water pathways through the earths surface.

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