Acts of Air: Reshaping the urban sonic

Acts of Air: Reshaping the urban sonic

Online exhibition

2020 - current

Curated by Lisa Hall

Acts of Air is an online exhibition that invites you to reshape your urban sonic present by enacting 14 sound works directly in urban spaces. Each work proposes a sounding out, a performance, a site specific listening or engagement in the streets, under bridges, by water fountains and extractor fans. They offer a means to explore and interrogate our cities of sound.

While the urban is a seemingly fixed and impermeable place, the urban sonic is in the air, performed and enacted each day as we ride the buses, press the buttons and talk to one another. With these vibrations we can choose to re-voice, re-sound, re-hear and rebuild the urban sonic in new ways.

This online exhibition brings together artists from around the world. While the works are shaped by the sites and locations they were made in, including Porto Alegre, Santiago, Hong Kong, Manchester, Melbourne and Cairo, they can be enacted and activated anywhere around the globe. Through local participation the audience as performer can sound out the artists’ provocations and create new engagements with their own local urban. From global participation we can reveal our shared and different conditions of urbanity – the opportunity to hear new possibilities and togetherness through documentation, participation and trace of these art works.

Artists: Agnes Paz, Anna Lann, Anna Raimondo, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Catherine Clover, Cedric Maridet, Colin Priest, Jacek Smolicki, Julieanna Preston, Kate Brown, Raheel Khan, Vagné, Vitório O. Azevedo and Yara Mekawei.


Explore the 'Traces' of performances and enactments left by our participating audience on our Instagram channel

Supporting Events

Launch Event #1, 16 July 2020. Online.

Introductory talks by Prof Cathy Lane and Curator Lisa Hall, with artist talks by Catherine Clover, Kate Brown, Cédric Maridet, Julianna Preston and Anna Raimondo.

Launch Event #2, 16 July 2020, online

Introductory talks by Prof Cathy Lane and Curator Lisa Hall, with artists talks by Vitório O. Azevedo, Colin Priest, Anne Lanzilotti, Raheel Khan, Jacek Smolicki, Vagné and Agnes Paz.

Sound, Art & Urban Spaces, 6 Oct 2021.

An online symposium discussing themes and changing considerations of urban sounding with guest speakers. - curators, directors and researchers of urban sound projects.

Introduced by Prof Cathy Lane, with talks by Lisa Hall, Raquel Castro, Fernando Godoy, Hardi Kurda, Gascia Ouzounian and Carsten Seiffarth.


Video documentation coming soon.

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