IMA: Ross Manning–Microphone Building

27oct11:00 am12:00 pmIMA: Ross Manning–Microphone BuildingWebinar for Artists & Artsworkers


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


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Learn how to build experimental microphones with the artist and musician Ross Manning.

Over the past decade, Manning has developed what could be described as his own world, animated by light and sound. He is an obsessive creator of systems that are driven by their own logic, and of moving objects propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces. In 2017, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) organised the first survey exhibition of his practice, Dissonant Rhythms, which is currently touring around Australia.

During the Webinar Manning will demonstrate how to make two types of contact microphones by stripping cable wires, playing with guitar jacks, and other electronics. With these skills you will be able to build own experimental microphone to explore your surroundings, and discover what sounds different objects conduct.

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Ross Manning’s practice spans experimental music, new technologies, and immersive installations that often involve the play of light. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: ‘Other People Think’, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; ‘Ambient Works Vol 2’, Milani Gallery, Brisbane; ‘Material Sound’, Murray Art Museum Albury, Australia (all 2018); ‘The Imagined Future is Not the Future’,OCT-LOFT Shenzhen, China; ‘Wrong Note’, Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna, Finland (all 2017); ‘Why Not Ask Again?’, 11th Shanghai Biennale, China; ‘Set in Motion’, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; ‘Ross Manning’, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia; ‘Device for Messaging Nothing’, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; and ‘Colour Shift’, Loop, Seoul, Korea (all 2016).

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Established in 1975, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) is Queensland’s leading independent forum for art and its discourses. The IMA’s innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally. Their extensive exhibition program concentrates on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points of their practices. Delivering over 100 public programs a year, the IMA provides targeted educational initiatives for young people and adults, and development opportunities for arts professionals. 


This webinar is co-presented by the IMA and Flying Arts Alliance in conjunction with the national tour of Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms.


The Australian tour of Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms is organised by IMA, and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments.Queensland venues are further supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA). Ross Manning is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.