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Tim Shaw (UK) Performance & Artist Talks in Wagga Wagga

Our 1st artist-in-residence for 2016 is Tim Shaw, an internationally acclaimed UK based artist, musician and sound designer. During his residency Tim will present a performance at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and an artist talk at the Museum of the Riverina to the Wagga Wagga U3A chapter. More details below.

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Tim Shaw & Sébastien Piquemal

The Wired Lab and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery invite you to experience and create a unique collective performance, with Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal, in Murmurate.

This extraordinary live online and realtime performance uses the audience’s own personal smartphones and tablets as the speakers, connecting through Murmurate‘s bespoke web-based systems. The collective devices create an array of overlapping and intertwined sensory experiences, with each audience member holding their own distinctive part of the composition.

The swarm of tiny speakers, along with sub frequencies played through a sound system, will create a collection of overlapping sound sources. Each phone and tablet will also become a visual medium, with screens flashing as sound is played. Coupled with the audio, this will create an ever changing flickering multi-sensorial effect of light and sound throughout the Gallery.

UK artist Tim Shaw will be on-site in the Gallery, orchestrating Murmurate in collaboration with Sébastien Piquemal who will perform from his studio in Helsinki, Finland. Previously presented in Berlin, Athens and Nantes, and all across the United Kingdom and USA, this will be the very first performance of Murmurate in Australia – an opportunity not to be missed!

Check out Murmurate at Connect the Dots (Sheffield UK, 2015) – and call or email the Gallery to make your booking for this incredible experience. Performance runs for 25 minutes, followed by Q&A session with the artists.

When: Friday 1 July, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Free event – bookings required
02 6926 9660 | gallery@wagga.nsw.gov.au
Smartphone or tablet device essential!


In recent years Tim Shaw was commissioned to participate in the ‘Decoded 1914-18’ project at The Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

‘Decoded 1914-18’ was a two-week programme of AV installations and events that explored the First World War and its effect on those living in Tyne & Wear. Seven artists took inspiration from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum collections to create artworks and performances which examine and interpret Tyne and Wear in the First World War in innovative ways, from recreated soundscapes of civic life to a reinvention of communications technologies.

Many contemporary technologies have their ancestry in innovations developed to support military activity in World War One, such as: communications and signalling systems, and listening and timekeeping devices. For example the large concrete ‘Sound Mirror’ structures on Englands’ North-East Coast. Tim will discuss three of his works ‘Tuning In – Listening Back in Time’ a collaboration with Chris Watson (UK), ‘War Workings’ and‘Sound Mirrors’ both collaborations with John Bowers (UK)

When: Friday 1 July, 11am
Where: Museum of the Riverina
U3A Wagga Wagga Event, anyone welcome to attend
Free event – bookings required
02 6926 9655 | museum@wagga.nsw.gov.au


tim shaw TIM SHAW works internationally as an artist, performer, sound designer and sonic researcher. His practice is situated within media art and draws upon soundscape and electro-acoustic composition, performance making and DIY technology. He is currently studying a PhD in Digital Media at Culture Lab alongside maintaining many ‘non-academic’ endeavors. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, John Bowers and Sébastien Piquemal as well as medieval musicologists and astrophysicists. Shaw has presented projects in various venues worldwide including Café OTO, NIME, Piksel, Stereolux and FACT Liverpool.


Sen PiquemalSÉBASTIEN PIQUEMAL is a computer engineer obsessively exploring the artistic capabilities of machines. His practice ranges from the creation of sonic web sites, to the production of experimental electronic music and interactive performances. Most of his projects are available as open-source, and can be browsed online, freely copied, built upon or torn apart : libraries such as WebPd (Pure Data for the web), or complete performance setups such as the Fields system. Sébastien’s work focuses on the potential of new technologies in shifting the hierarchic structures in live music and beyond. His projects have been shown at a number of international venues and conferences, such as CTM, N.K., cafe OTO, NIME, ICMC among others.



This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.