Presented by Arts House
Thu 2 – Thu 9 Apr
Mon – Fri, 12–6pm
Sat – Sun, 11am–4pm
FREE, no bookings required
You may enter this work at any time and stay as long as you want
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Low lighting and loud music
Our cities once sang to us. In elevators and lobbies, concourses and restaurants the compositions sneeringly dubbed Muzak sought to provide a soundtrack to our lives without attracting our attention. The challenge to composers was to make music that would go unnoticed, but today music fanatics around the world study and collect these curious artefacts of aural camouflage.
Del Lumanta’s Wallpaper series explores the untapped potential of background music in our everyday environments.
Take an elevator ride and listen to these site-specific works that treat sound as material, responding to and synthesizing the histories and recent events of Arts House itself. ‘Elevator music’ has variously been used to manipulate mindsets, relax commuters, sculpt spending habits and encourage productivity: could these unreal echoes of a place outside of time be used to create connections instead?
Del Lumanta is a Sydney-based artist, musician, DJ, educator and organiser. With the Wallpaper series, they invite us to listen to the sound of our city we were never supposed to hear.
Wallpaper III and IV are part of Spectral: a series of installations and performances that dive into the spaces between sound and light. From immersive interruptions that capture the mind, to synaesthetic voyages beyond the boundaries of the body, these works demand to be experienced.
Created by: Del Lumanta
Supported by – the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Del Lumanta