Overview, Images
Jenny Hickinbotham, 'Polyvagal Body Song', still. Courtesy of the artist.

Songs so far

Jenny Hickinbotham

6–23 Apr 2022

Songs so far is a new exhibition, the first by artist and writer Jenny Hickinbotham, staged as part of Liquid Architecture’s annual Sound Series program at Blindside.

The exhibition centres around a suite of experimental song-poems, resounding through the gallery, in which the artist inhabits multiple voices, perspectives and temporalities, in an expansive exploration and narration of ancestral familial ties, the epigenetic impacts of trauma, and the trials of individuals swept up by the forces of history, institutions, and the places in which they live.

Jenny Hickinbotham’s work encompasses writing, video, sculpture, and more recently, her unadorned singing voice, deployed with humour and pathos, in order to tell stories, and to channel and share the emotional experiences reflected in her life. Her art is informed by Hickinbotham’s own experience as someone diagnosed with schizophrenia, who has ‘heard voices’ for most of her life, and the institutional pathologization of these experiences. The struggle to understand these voices, listen and give meaning to them, and to consider their relation to the ghosts of our past and present, is a preoccupation of her work.

Opening night (TBC) hear Jenny’s song compositions sung by friends and relatives. Join the choir for a sing-off.  Saturday afternoons there will be lectures on topics such as emotion, epigenetics, unconscious and conscious connection. There will be exploratory games and more songs. Final Saturday 18th join the Polyvagal Body Song extravaganza with your story, song fragment or image in response to Jenny’s animation.

Program at www.jennyhickinbotham.com

Acknowledgements:

Hickinbotham Winemakers of Dromana, www.hickinbotham.biz.

Thanks to Joel Stern and Debris Facilty at Liquid Architecture, and Mikala Dwyer at RMIT.



Onsite, Exhibition, Sound Series
Overview

Every year since 2014 Blindside has invited Liquid Architecture to organise an exhibition under the banner ‘Sound Series’ by artists working in experimental ways with sound and listening. There have been some incredible shows by Anthony Riddell, Félicia Atkinson, Gerard Crewdson, Matt Earle and Bridget Chappell among others.

Opening: 7 Apr 2022, 8am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

Blindside SOUND SERIES 2021 is presented in partnership with LIQUID ARCHITECTURE.

Every year since 2014 BLINDSIDE has invited Liquid Architecture to organise an exhibition under the banner ‘Sound Series’ by artists working in experimental ways with sound and listening. There have been some incredible shows by Anthony Riddell, Félicia Atkinson, Gerard Crewdson, and Matt Earle among others.

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