Gail Priest

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  • Gail Priest is a Sydney/Katoomba-based artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. Her work spans solo electro-acoustic composition for performance and recordings, soundtracks for dance, theatre and video and gallery installations. She has performed at festivals and events nationally (Open Frame, the NOW now, Liquid Architecture, Sydney Biennale, MESS, MPavilion) and internationally (STEIM, Amsterdam; Experimontag, Berlin, Kammer Klang Café Oto, London; Kulturhuset, Oslo). Through her own label Metal Bitch she has released five albums, with Flaming Pines and Endgame Records also releasing solo CDs. In 2015-2016 she was the recipient of the Australia Council Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellowship which allowed her to develop her national and international profile as an electro-acoustic performer and sound artist.

    Forming part of this was her major project, Sounding the Future, a ficto-critical body of work offering speculations as to what art in the future will sound like with an interactive installation exhibited at .move On Werkleitz Festival, Halle, Germany, ISEA2016 Hong Kong and UTS Gallery Sydney. In 2017 she was commissioned by Experimenta and ANAT to create SonoLexic, touring nationally as part of Experimenta Make Sense Triennial of Media Art (2107-2020). She has undertaken residencies at Artspace, Performance Space, Bundanon, Tokyo Wonder Site, Bandits-Mages/La Box (Bourges, France), Bergen Centre for Electronic Art, Norway, Cove Park, Scotland (courtesy Cyrptic & The Substation) and Listhus, Olafsfjordür, Iceland. She curates and produces sound events and exhibitions including the experimetnal music series Pretty Gritty (2013-2017). She also wrote extensively about sound and media arts for RealTime magazine (1994-2018) and was the editor of Experimental Music: audio explorations in Australia through UNSW Press (2009). She is also the founder of Audible Women, an online directory for female-identified artists working with experimental sound. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney.


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  • Sydney, New South Wales, AU

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