nganggurnmanha : sound dust - Nicole Monks and Make or Break

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Nicole Monks
Make of Break

Dates & Session Times

Wednesday 21 Oct
Thursday 22 Oct
Friday 23 Oct
Saturday 24 Oct
Sunday 25 Oct


Lead artists
Nicole Monks, Connie Anthes, Rebecca Gallo

Sound Editor
Gwen Taualai


Our individual and collective notions of time are always evolving and ever-present. nganggurnmanha : sound dust is an immersive audio installation that challenges us to listen deeply to the natural world and find ways to inhabit time differently. Responding to First Nations and Western concepts of time, nganggurnmanha : sound dust is an exploration of how time intertwines with nature, the body, seasonal shifts, and how our time is valued. 

Drawing from a library of ‘sound dust’ fragments sourced from participants around Australia and the world, nganggurnmanha : sound dust is a responsive installation where the viewer’s movement and presence influences how the work unfolds. nganggurnmanha : sound dust activates ‘deep time’ and reawakens bodily memories carried across generations, like tree roots pushing and stretching through strata, or rocks compressing over millennia. This is an alternate archive of now; an invitation to separate your experience of time from notions of productivity, and realign it with internal and environmental forces.

nganggurnmanha : sound dust is a collaboration between Yamaji Wajarri, Dutch and English artist Nicole Monks and Sydney-based collective Make or Break (Connie Anthes and Rebecca Gallo). nganggurnmanha means ‘listening, hearing, thinking, remembering’ in Wajarri language. 

This performance contains low light, possible strobe and loud audio. 

Duration: Installation open during Liveworks opening hours, 10am-10pm. 

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City of Sydney 

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