Regional Residency

Regional Residency 2011

Philip Samartzis
Warmun, East Kimberley, Western Australia
8 August – 10 September 2011

Tura New Music in association with Warmun Arts Centre is presenting the second in its annual Remote Artist in Residence Program during August-September, by well known Australian sound artist, Dr Phil Samartzis. This follows the successful 2010 Residency in the communities of the Dampier Peninsula.

The artist will work within the Warmun community to construct a new sound art work derived from the rich sound environment and human sound world of the Warmun region. Integral to the project will be the process of working with the local Indigenous artists and community to develop an understanding of the sounds that are most meaningful to them for inclusion in the composition.
The surround sound work created will be presented at and remain in the community. It will also be presented in Perth in September 2011 as part of the 10th Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Warmun Art Centre

Established in 1998 Warmun Art Centre celebrates the expression of Gija culture through the arts. Amid the spectacular scenery of the East Kimberley, Western Australia, the Centre is located in the Warmun (Turkey Creek) Community halfway between Halls Creek and Kununurra, along the Great Northern Highway. Warmun artists are renowned for their use of natural ochre and pigments on canvas, which is integral to the contemporary expression of land and culture as identity for Gija people. The work of Warmun artists is an inseparable and celebratory part of Gija culture and country, and draws on traditional Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories and contemporary life.

Project Timeline

8 August – 2 September 2011
Based in Warmun, Dr Philip Samartzis will be making and editing field recordings and collaborating with community members towards the creation of a new sound work.

2 September 2011
Installation Presentation, Warmun Art Centre.

4 – 9 September 2011
Final mixing of work.

6pm 16 and 17 September 2011
Installation Presentation, State Theatre Centre, Perth.

The 2011 Remote Residency is sponsored by Heathway to promote the Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture  Message, Horizon Power and the Sidney Myer Fund and is supported by RMIT.
The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Country Arts (WA) Inc.
Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.