Updated: Feb 23, 2022
Music. Art. Gender.
I am pleased to officially announce that I am taking part in an artistic collaboration commissioned by the Queensland Museum, as part of the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT:10), held between 4th December 2021 to 25th April 2022.
APT:10 features around 70 projects comprising from 150 artists from 30 countries around the world, and will be centred at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) - commonly known as QAGOMA in Southbank, Brisbane City, Queensland
One of my musical compositions titled 'Currents (Beauty in Ambiguity)' has been specifically composed for this special event and forms part of the multi-venue QAGOMA project "Make Visible: Queensland” by Aotearoa (New Zealand) based artist Shannon Novak.
'Currents (Beauty in Ambiguity)' will play at the Queensland Museum in 'The Whale Mall', a transitional space between two buildings where three humpback whale sculptures are permanently suspended from the ceiling.
With reference to the difficulty in determining the sex of humpback whales as something beautiful, Shannon Novak and Jase Ess recount, merge, and celebrate their own experiences of ambiguity in gender identity through sound.
'Currents' is a soundscape composition using sounds containing water, whale calls and a full orchestra, and was composed to compliment what the listener is seeing visually, and to induce a feeling of being on a magical underwater adventure.
This video contains the full audio of 'Currents' and still imagery of 'Biological Exuberance' within the Whale Mall.
If you are in Brisbane between 4th December 2021 to 25th April 2022 and looking for a free, fun, and family friendly event over the holidays, then go and check out all the amazing works at APT:10.
For more information about Shannon Novak, APT:10, QAGOMA, and Queensland Museum, please use the links below.
Jase Ess - Composer
Shannon Novak - QAGOMA ATP:10 Artist
Shannon Novak - Website
10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10)
A musical underwater soundscape by composer and artist Jase Ess as part of a collaboration with artist and activist, Shannon Novak for the exhibition ‘Biological Exuberance’, on display 4th December 2021 - 25th April 2022 at the Queensland Museum as part of the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT:10) at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Commissioned for APT10.
Images courtesy: Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art. Photography: Peter Waddington and Joe Ruckli