Energy Grids

Chris Abrhams (Performer), Sherre DeLys CHAMBERS (Producer), Ross GIBSON

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Chris Abrahams and Sherre DeLys made a pilgrimage to The Lightning Field - a work of land art by the American sculptor Walter De Maria, situated in a remote area of western New Mexico. The Lightning Field is comprised of 400 stainless steel poles installed in a grid array of 16 x 25 rows. Measuring one mile by one kilometre it’s a sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed.

The pair created an audio diary of their experience of the field over the course of 24 hours, and then invited Ross Gibson to write about his fascination with another grid, the Capital Wind Farm in Bungendore, to create a sound work that collectively speaks to the power of grids to produce energy both aesthetic and electrical. The music in the piece is generated by a series of four grids, comprised of sixteen channels with each channel containing twenty-five events evenly spaced apart, thus mimicking the layout of the poles contained in De Maria's The Lightning Field.

Special thanks to Kathryn Bird.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


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