SUNKLAND, 2021

Hanley’s multichannel audio work imagines a speculative swampland wherein multiple species, forms and forces are transforming through a series of open-ended vocal exchanges. 

This work is a sonic fabulation that is informed by a pre-colonised Carrum Carrum Swamp, settler governance of watercourses and the drainage of wetlands in the area where McClelland Sculpture Park exists, Bunurong Country. The swampland is a slice of tangled time—it carries both remnants of the past and feelings of futurity, which coalesce in a kind of nonlinear discontinuous present. 

 

SUNKLAND draws on queer perspectives of non-biological kin and the sonic body as a site of becoming and ambiguity. Exploring the poetics of care and exchange through themes of hybridity and heritage, the work invites listeners to imagine the ways that kinship might be felt through embodying the expressions of another species or form—questioning, how might these events allow for listening to the worlds of others in ways that matter?

tHIS WORK WAS COMMISSION BY LIQUID ARCHITECTURE FOR MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK AND GALLERY'S EXHIBITION, Site & Sound: Sonic art as ecological practice 2021

CURATED BY JOEL STERN, FEATURING Amy HANLEY, Xen Nhà, Thembi Soddell and Tina Stefanou