we advise NOT to use headphones to experience this work
Originally a two-channel video and sound installation, here presented as a single-channel film.
Length: 10:25 minutes
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the unceded land on the Gadigal Land of the Eora Nation on which this work was created. We wish to pay our respects to Elders past and present.
[more about Joel here]
For many of us, listening to the world around us is an integral part of our everyday lives. In ‘Hearing, Loss’ we are drawn into an intimate conversation between the artist, Joel Spring, and his mother conversing about the long-term effects of otitis media, an inflammatory disease known for its globally higher rate of affliction upon Indigenous children. Their discussion asks us to consider the connections between healthcare, education and access.
Through the audio distortion woven throughout Spring’s work, we must ask ourselves what it means to listen. What does it mean to lose our hearing? Perhaps we could consider hearing, loss as investigation. Hearing loss as accessing the inaudible: the unheard stories, narrative and histories. Hearing loss as a meditation for listening.