Alexandra Spence

Translations, 2018, sound performance for MCA ARTBAR curated by Hoda Afshar, photo: Jan Kucic-Riker
Translations, 2018, sound performance for MCA ARTBAR curated by Hoda Afshar, photo: Jan Kucic-Riker

bio:

Alexandra Spence has performed and presented work in concerts, festivals, symposiums, galleries in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including the Vancouver Art Gallery; Destroy Vancouver; Late Junction, BBC Radio3; SoundCamp Festival, London; Ausland, Berlin; Musée Guimet, Paris; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Museum of Contemporary Art ARTBAR, Sydney; Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong’s Sound Forms Festival; Ftarri, Tokyo; the NOW Now Festival, Sydney; Firstdraft Gallery and Casula Powerhouse; Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane.Alex completed a Master of Fine Arts in sound installation at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA. She was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, which led her to Europe to perform, and to study with David Toop in 2018. In 2019, she resided at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, as one of the Asialink Arts Creative Exchange recipients. And her debut album Waking, She Heard The Fluttering, recently released on Room40, has received favourable reviews in The Wire Magazine and The Quietus.

statement:

Alexandra Spence’s art and music explores the idea of listening as an active practice, examining the ways in which our individual notions of place and identity are shaped and mediated through sound. Through her practice she attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. With an interest in resonance, vibration and everyday sound, her aesthetic favours small sounds, object interventions, and unusual sound sources. (she holds the pseudo-scientific belief that electricity might actually be magic).

The sea, the sea, 2019, sound performance for Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong's Sound Forms Festival, photo: Andrew Chan
The sea, the sea, 2019, sound performance for Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong's Sound Forms Festival, photo: Andrew Chan