Sounding the Future installation

An immersive, audio-driven hypertext, Sounding the Future uses speculative narratives to consider what the future might sound like and how this may manifest as art. These possible futures are viewed through two filters: the integration of technology and biology resulting in trans- and post-human conditions; and the exploitation of the sonic potentials of the new cities we imagine. Unavoidably, these futures are informed by the ways in which we listen now, so a third strand comprising theoretical and documentary material weaves present practice into future thinking.

Essentially all future speculation is concerned with the social, the political and the spiritual. Among the fictions imagined here, there is an attempt to seek strategies for survival and improvement that might be implemented today — because while the future doesn’t happen to us, our current actions make the future happen.

Concept, text, sound, video Gail Priest
Technical director/interactive programming Julien Pauthier
Furniture design and fabrication Thomas Burless/tomikeh

Includes feature interviews with: Robin Fox (AU) Michaela Davies (AU) Guy Ben-Ary (AU) Cat Hope (AU) George Poonkhin Khut (AU) Pia van Gelder (AU) Peter Blamey (AU) Jasmine Guffond (AU/DE)

And extra commentary from: Peter Hollo (AU) Matt Cornell (AU) Hamish Innes-Brown (AU) Mamoru (JP) Jin Sangtae (SK)


.move ON
Werkleitz Festival Halle, Saale
Germany 9-25 October 2015



Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
18-22 May 2016

Technical information

Click here for technical specifications and set up.


With enormous thanks to Samuel James, Julien Pauthier, Sandra Emmonet, Isabelle Carlier, Ewen Chardronnet, Chloé Nicholas, Jean-Michele Ponty, Roger Cochini.

Sounding the Future was realised within the framework of EMARE Move On at Bandits-Mages in association with La Box, L'École nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges (ENSA), with support of the Culture 2013 Programme of the European Commission, the Goethe Institut and Bandits-Mages, France. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Governmnet through the Arts NSW.