Installation & Event: Ubiquity

The audio installation "Ubiquity - New Perspectives on Traumatic Experiences" will be exhibited 11-13 December 2019 at The Dax Centre in Melbourne, including an event with the makers on 12 December.

How does ubiquity sound? What is the sound of ubiquity like after traumatic experiences? What is a traumatic experience? What is ubiquity?

The audio installation is based on audio snippets taken from Ear for Recovery, a project on trauma recovery among children who experienced a potentially traumatic event, such as a serious injury. The audio snippets allow us glimpses of their lives after these events, taking us into their kitchens, to their living rooms and showing us their favourite TV shows. In some rare moments, the families share their sorrows or fragments of their stories.

The sound installation presents these snippets related to the study’s findings and aims to create a space that invites listeners to reflect on what life is like. It confronts the visitor with tensions between the mundane and the deep, the emotional and the practical, and the worlds of adults and children – with all the ordinary routines and with all the beauty of daily life.

The installation was developed by musicologist and sound artist Miriam Akkermann (member of Die Junge Akademie, TU Dresden, Germany), programmer and composer Andre Bartetzki (Germany) and psychologist Eva Alisic (alumna of the Global Young Academy and lead researcher of the Ear for Recovery study, University of Melbourne).

The installation at The Dax Centre is open to the public on 11, 12 and 13 December between 12pm and 5pm. The festive opening event of Ubiquity will take place on 12 December, from 5pm until 7pm, and includes brief talks by the developers, Prof Matthias Mehl (Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne) and Charmaine Smith, Director of The Dax Centre.