Phaptawan Suwannakudt and I have developed an Art Walk - Hearing Surface as a lead up to our exhibition Line Work: Rivers of the Basin for Penrith Regional Gallery.
While the participant walks they listen to a sound recording - Knowledge in your Hands, Eyes and Minds, by Phaptawan Suwannakudt made in 2018. The participant is asked to pause and make rubbings of surfaces that capture their interest such as bricks, tree trunks, pavements, or found objects. At home they can develop rubbings into art works by drawing, writing, tearing and collaging.
The sound recording is poetry read by Australian students (age 12-18) who attended Buddharangsee Thai Community Languages School, Sydney, recorded by Phaptawan 2018. The singing recitation version of the same poetry was commissioned by Phaptawan and pre-recorded by students and teachers at the Thai Music Department of Traditional Performances, Angthong province Thailand. The record was conducted by Professor Somphop Khiewmanee. Somphop travelled to Sydney as part of Thai community funded program Music instructor in Residence at the Buddharangsee Thai Community Languages School, Sydney during the three (Thai) Summer breaks which coincided with NSW school holidays in April 2016, 2017, 2018. He taught and conducted the Thai dances and Thai instrument programs for the school.
Visit the online Art Walk and listen to the sound-work below.