sound atlas

Sound Atlas Series:
Central Victoria
Robert Curgenven with Tara Gilbee

Detailed, dream-like photographs and field recordings realised in conjunction with the Test Match project at Allans Walk Artist Run Initiative in Bendigo (Central Victoria), 14-20 November 2007. A beautifully produced collection of photographs and field recording compositions presenting an audiovisual survey of the area in and surround Castlemaine to the growing regional centre of Bendigo, combining an intimate local knowledge with an extensive understanding of the Australian landscape. Re-approaching the concept of the Sound Atlas developed in RF001, Gilbee and Curgenven uncover the regions’ socioeconomic and geo-historical dimensions – from the site of the world biggest alluvial goldrush in the 1850s to a landscape radically transformed: to ghost towns; by the ravages of prospecting, industrial developments; and the new tide of “settlers” fleeing the big cities.