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MARIE SIERRA is Head of Sculpture & Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts, a member of the City of Melbourne Public Art and Cultural Affairs Committees, and an arts writer & former art critic for the Herald Sun whose own practice as an artist takes form as spatial, public and temporal interventions.
LAWRENCE HARVEY is a sound designer and composer who leads the SIAL Sound Studios at RMIT University, develops large-scale electroacoustic works for concerts and installations, and undertakes sound-based studies in urban architecture, including the 'CitySounds' investigation into Melbourne's soundscape.



16 Feb 2007 photos Karen Trist

A conversation on the sculpture and soundscape qualities of Melbourne shapes the social space of the W-11 tram. Departing from the curious revelation that sound moves slower in warmer air, on a very hot summer afternoon a dialogue gathers momentum from the stimulus of changing examples of sculpture and sound environments that the tram passes though. Lawrence affirms that, yes, trams are a big contributor to the unique soundscape of Melbourne. And for Marie, because trams travel at an in-between speed, they allow sculpture students to explore the experience of pathways through the form of the city. Outside the controlled conditions of galleries and concert halls, the conversation moves through a range of issues confronting sound and sculptural practices working in and with the conditions of the public domain.

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