1 January 2013

    Sonia Leber and David Chesworth's installation
'The Gordon Assumption', was installed in the subterranean toilets at Gordon Reserve in Melbourne for the Visual Arts Program of the 2004 Melbourne International Arts Festival.

    An incessant outpouring of female voices lured passersby down the stairwells to the cave-like subterranean toilets. The voices gathered and thickened without respite, in upwards glissandi, constantly trailing upwards. Behind the locked lower gates, the luminous green chamber beckoned as a vertical slit of white light slowly scanned the surfaces of the empty cubicles. 

    The installation recalled the mythologies and mysteries of voices heard in caves, where the voices of spirits, sibyls and oracles are believed to announce predictions and warnings from the mouth of a cave.

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