Welcome to Drawn to Sound, an experiment in doing performance and drawing based on sound in virtual reality when there is no public performance or public virtual reality…
We are Susannah Langley, a visual artist working in virtual reality, and Ioannis Sidiropoulos, a performance artist. Together, we have been exploring ways of combining our practices through live performance-based events.
Sadly, because of Covid-19, we have been unable to stage live performances, or organise public virtual reality events with shared headsets. So, we have decided to experiment with a technology that currently has slightly fewer restrictions than this – mobile phones.
And because our practices involve either us moving through space, or our audiences moving through space, we have created a work that invites you to experience it by moving through a personal space of your own.
(If it is easier for you to experience it by sitting in one place, or if you would prefer to do it that way, we can also accommodate that.)
In addition to drawings and video recordings of performances, this work will also feature field recordings of Melbourne, sounds from beneath Port Phillip Bay, and songs by Hearts and Rocket and The Orbweavers, so please wear headphones as you venture through it.
To install and run the app on an iPhone or iPad, you will need at least an iPhone 6S or 2017 iPad with iOS 11.0 installed.
To install and run the app on an Android phone or tablet, it will need at least Android 7.0 (Nougat) installed.
The app was made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
This work was created on the lands of Wurrundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. The artists thus wish to pay respect to the elders of those peoples; past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. These lands always were and always will be Aboriginal lands.