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LAWRENCE ENGLISH
Lawrence EnglishLawrence English


Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English's work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and installation to create works that ask audiences to consider their relationship to space, place and experiential embodiment. Over the past decade he has worked across sound as a medium for embodied experience, determined to share his interests in the transformative possibilities of sound.

In his gallery practice, many of English's works draw on ideas of spatial field and relativity. Trio For Objects (2008) for example, presents three discrete sound installations (kinetic, prepared and sculptural) which, when experienced in unison, create a "relational sound field". Equally his work Audition (2015) for the Asia Pacific Triennial utilizes massive acoustic mirrors within which a listener can greatly augment and amplify their capabilities as a listener.

As a composer, English's 2014 album Wilderness Of Mirrors resonated strongly across Australia and the Northern Hemisphere. The album was widely praised and recognised as one of the most provocative and individual voices of adventurous Australian music in recent times. His compositions occupy a unique position where acoustic and electronic sources share similar textual and timbral qualities, blurring the nature of the source and creating a relative sonic tabula rasa. This allows the listener to move freely within the pieces and create their own reading of the music, both contextually and acoustically.

As a curator, English is actively involved in the development and increased recognition of sound as an art form within Australia, through his record label and multi-arts organization ROOM40.

He has curated exhibitions of international and Australian sound artists, such as Melatonin (which debuted in Next Wave 2004 and continues to show through to today most recently in December 2011 as part of Feta Dele WSK in Manila), Gravities Of Sound (as part of MAAP in Singapore) and Audible Geography (for the University Of Tasmania). He directors the Open Frame festival, ROOM40's annual performance festival which is dedicated to the nexus of sound and media. He also works closely with many musicians and artists both formally and informally as a mentor, catalyst and agitant.

He has also published numerous essays and texts on the subjects of listening, perception and how to sustain a creative practice as an artist in Australia. His inspirational Young Person's Guide To Hustling In Music And The Arts, written in 2011, is a regular teaching resource in several university courses at QUT, RMIT and other institutions. He has given masterclasses and presentations at leading research institutions including Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, Brown University and Stockholm's Royal College Of Music.


» Lawrence English on Baskaru : "Approaching Nothing" (karu:40)
» Lawrence English on Baskaru : "HB" (karu:13)
» Lawrence English on Baskaru : "For Varying Degrees of Winter" (karu:7)
» Lawrence English official website : lawrenceenglish.com
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