Frances Burnham (artist) and I (Ceridwen Suiter – composer) have been in constructive conversation since 2008 on contemporary social and economic topics. We have formalised this into an ongoing collaborative arts-based project both in the physical and the virtual worlds, to extend the conversation between citizens, arts workers, and business, regarding culture and art practice, economics and social values.
For International Women’s Day 2016, our goal is to stimulate conversation about current Feminist issues as part of our ongoing project. Our installation “Flagged for Conversation” aims to stimulate conversation on 21st century issues facing women.
The conversation will begin with a performance at the exhibition opening on March 4, 2016.
Putting vision into practice, visitors to the gallery are invited to write a response: a catch phrase, a word, or to draw an icon or visual symbol on prepared and embellished green, white and purple flags, which will then become part of the installation.
Visitors are welcome to participate in our online conversation by logging into our website forum: ‘ethec’ (extending the conversation) and express their thoughts. Please note all comments will be moderated and responded to appropriately.
Is the growing city really progress or is it closing the door on old ways which might still be of value?
This 1 minute question mark premiered at Federation Hall, Melbourne, 9th July 2014…. as part of the 60*60 project curated by Susan Frykberg & Warren Burt for Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC2014).
Fine Hand-made Field Recordings carefully selected for piquancy.
Recorded and Composed by Ceridwen Suiter
Technology Inspired Visuals/Soundscape by Ceridwen Suiter and Flossie Peitsch.
The Gallery exhibits itself as a post-conceptual place where ‘Artistic Expression’ squares off against ‘High Art’. Galleries amass reputations and memories as exhibitions come and go. This work taps, denotes and speaks the volumes from the gallery’s collective memory. Transitory expressions that have passed through its doors appear to linger. As surprising and distinctive forms emerge from the walls one can actually hear ideas pulse and roll to the auditory surface of the space.
Oct 8th – Oct 19th, 2013 ANU FOYER ART GALLERY
College of Arts and Social Sciences Building 105, Childers Street
The Australian National University; Canberra ACT T: +61 2 6125 5841
A Country Women’ s Chorus (2013) created over three days by audio artist Ceridwen Suiter, with delegates of the inaugural National Rural Women’s Conference, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The content of the music is derived from the acoustic ecology of place, namely found sounds from the conference venue and field recordings of the attending delegates and their music experiences. This environmental music captures the spirit of the conference and tapestry of sounds that envelope the every day lives of Australian rural women. The newly composed music performed at the closing ceremony of the conference, provides an aural document of three days of women gathering together.
The project is an initiative of Robyn Archer, the Festival director, Centenary Celebrations of the Founding of Canberra, Australia. She sought the deliberate inclusion of the arts in many activities taking place in Canberra during the centenary celebrations. The Canberra Convention Bureau, and the Board of the National Rural Women’s Coalition and Network actively participated in making this project happen, while the conference attendees enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to participate in making new music.
PRAYER POCKET PLACE: For Heart, Hearth and Hand
Collaborative Artists: Flossie Peitsch and Ceridwen Suiter – together with many community fabricators.
Media: Mixed assemblage of aluminium, textiles, wicker, with soundscape and audio equipment.
This multi-sensory installation created by visual artist, Flossie Peitsch, and sound artist Ceridwen Suiter, features fabric and sound contributions by many women in workshops over a six month period at various locations along the South Coast.
This collaborative work literally and figuratively represents women in community.
The piece was inspired by a series of long distance telephone conversations over many months. These conversations would run the gamut of cheerful and harmonious to being on quite different tangents on some issues. The music thus contains the underlying ideas of call and response in the melodic fragments. Yet essentially, no matter how much effort and goodwill goes into some conversations, it was impossible to find a continuous point of connection.
Presented as part of Diffuse Season 2: May-June 2012
Celebrating Sound and Music Design at University of Technology, Sydney
6.30pm Thursday 10 May 2012
Bon Marche Studio, UTS
755 Harris Street, Ultimo
Performed by Charisma Ensemble: Roslyn Dunlop (clarinets), Julia Ryder (cello), David Miller (piano).
A concert featuring Contemporary Australian Women Composers: Moya Henderson, Katia Beaugeais, Wendy Suiter, Diana Blom, Kirsty Beilharz.
Featuring music composed from a single sound found in the acoustic ecology of the filmed environment. Made by Ceridwen Suiter in collaboration Elizabeth Eastland (filmmaker).
Stirring will be shown as part of the Seensound 2012: a three-part Visual Music Series curated by Brigid Burke and Mark Pederson
7.30pm Wednesday May 2, 2012
at Loop Bar,
23 Meyers Place, Melbourne.
Entry $10/$5 also includes works by other artists