The inaugural exhibition of the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection
This first event presented 19 local, national and international spatial sound works in The Torus, a purpose-built exhibition platform – a spiralling timber gridshell design – where audiences could stroll, sit or lie down inside a 21-channel loudspeaker system.
Sound Bites City emerged from a study 2008-2009 into Melbourne’s 5 urban soundscape systems. This earlier project identified gaps in the curation and operation of systems that could be addressed by establishing a dedicated sound art collection, purpose built exhibition platform and curatorial–research team in a university. For over two years RMIT Gallery worked closely with SIAL Sound Studios academic and technical team to curate the inaugural works and develop an exhibition platform for spatial electroacoustic sound works. In addition to The Torus, the project required new software that scheduled and presented the 19 works on different daily schedules.