SonoLexic: the language of listening, is a hybrid audio-reading experience produced to complement the art installation SonoLexic, presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense, touring Australia 2017-2020.
SonoLexic is a sound driven installation that contemplates how we process the listening experience through language. It playfully proposes a variant of synaesthesia — an intimate cross-modal association of sound and words. It poses questions as to how language plays into the way we understand and communicate the listening experience and alternately how words can generate an imagined act of listening.
The e-publication includes an adaptation of the six-part text that comprises the spoken and written elements of the SonoLexic installation augmented with sound fragments, offering both a reading and listening-reading experience.
Subsequent chapters present material gathered in interviews with interested visitors as part of the Experimenta Make Sense public engagement program. The interviews are one-on-one encounters in which participants discuss how they experience the world through the aural including responses to a range of sounds — figurative and abstract — that are also included in the book.
The Language of Listening interviews will be conducted in a number of the venues across the three-year tour of the exhibition (2018-2020), so that this document will continue to be updated and expanded.