Culture and heritage

New screen and sound artworks on show in Northbank

14 June 2023

Stroll north along the river from Flinders Street Station after dark to experience new public art on an epic scale. The latest Signal Screen and Sound Commissions will play nightly from Thursday 15 June until Sunday 9 July.

Every year, we commission up to 10 young and emerging artists to produce captivating videos and moving soundscapes, working alongside industry professionals.

We showcase their original work outdoors using our big screens and speakers around Signal – our creative studio for young people located on Flinders Walk in Northbank.

This year’s creations explore all sorts of themes – from trans rights to AI animals – with musical influences including drum and bass, ambient and acoustic genres.

La Fielding is one of the multi-channel artists behind the mesmerising program.

Holding Patterns is a multi-channel work about imagined underwater communication between marine and mythical creatures,” La said.

“It’s made from live piano improvisation, as well as hydrophone field recordings and foley from DIY noise instruments.”

Signal is the City of Melbourne’s creative space for young people aged 14 to 25.

The packed program offers young people the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists through workshops and mentoring.

“I first came to SIGNAL through their hosting Sound School’s live-coding workshops a couple of years ago,” La said.

“Sound School is a community school delivering free electronic music workshops that celebrate and upskill emerging artists on the margins.

“Live-coding was my entry point into live performance. I’m grateful to Signal; free and accessible community schools are so important.”

La Fielding live-coding, photographed by Zak Axmed

After the live-coding workshops, La performed at “algorave” events at Melbourne Music Week and Melbourne Knowledge Week.

Looking ahead, La has another exciting creative project underway.

“My choose-your-own-adventure story AVENGE HER AT ALL COSTS has just been published by Crawlspace, a magazine about poetic computation,” La said.

“It’s about revenge and net-art era glamour magic.”

Are you a young person who wants to get creative with zines, game-design, filmmaking and everything in between? Find out what’s on at Signal (online and IRL) and subscribe for regular updates.

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