Echoes was a two-year sound art cultural exchange project between Australia and South Africa curated by Jared Davis, in which South African artist James Webb travelled to Melbourne to present a public sound work for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis travelled to Cape Town to produce a surround-sound installation at the Iziko South African National Gallery, in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

James Webb
‘In Living Memory of What Never Happened’
Presented by Signal in association with the Melbourne International Arts Festival

Curated by Jared Davis
12 – 23 October 2009

Daily 8am – 6pm;
Sat 24 Oct – Sun 25 Oct, 8am – 4pm

Northbank, behind Flinders Street Station, towards Sandridge Bridge

South African artist James Webb created a public sound intervention in Melbourne, presented as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Utilising the Signal speaker system at Northbank on the Yarra River, Webb’s project broadcast multi-lingual public service announcements declaring, Ladies and Gentlemen, your attention please. You are reminded that everything is fine.

Webb worked with a group of Melbourne teenagers in workshops presented in partnership with Signal engaging with the daily sonic experiences of Melbourne youths.