Philip Samartzis is an associate professor in Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice and teaches Sound Cultures in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program at RMIT.
Philip researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practices, with a specific focus on sound, art and the environment. His PhD, Surround Sound in Installation Art, examined the place of sound in contemporary art practice through a range of site determined sound art projects.
In 2009 Philip was awarded fellowships by the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australian Antarctic Division to document the effects of extreme climate and weather events on the human condition at Davis Station in Eastern Antarctica, and Macquarie Island.
In 2010 he undertook a three-year study of indigenous settlements in The Kimberley region of Western Australia through TURA's remote regional residency program in order to document the social and environmental conditions of remote communities.
In 2012 Philip established the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture with Madelynne Cornish at Bogong Village to facilitate cultural initiatives investigating the history and ecology of the Australian Alps.
Personal website: bogongsound.com.au
Visiting Professor in Sound Art, Imaging Arts & Sciences, Musashino Art University, Tokyo 2012
Studio Coordinator of Sound, School of Art - RMIT University (2002 to 2011)
Visiting Professor in Sound Art, Imaging Arts & Sciences, Musashino Art University, Tokyo 2011
Acting Program Director, School of Art, RMIT University 2009
Visiting Professor in Sound Art, Imaging Arts & Sciences, Musashino Art University, Tokyo 2006
Visiting Professor in Audio-Visual Concepts, Department Informatique, CNAM, Paris 2000
Lecturer in Audio Production - Media Arts, RMIT University 1995–96
Lecturer in Soundtrack - Media Arts, RMIT University 1992–95
Lecturer in Sound - Media Arts, Phillip Institute 1992–93
Philip Samartzis uses field recordings of natural and constructed environments as his primary material to render densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience, which are arranged and mixed to reflect the acoustic and spatial complexities of everyday sound fields. He draws on a range of practices ranging from acoustic ecology and bioacoustics to musique concrÃ¨te and sound art to arrive at compositions that highlight the pervasive nature of sound and the myriad ways in which it informs and influences our daily experiences. To emphasize this Philip designs his compositions for multi-channel surround sound systems that afford immersive and tactile listening experiences to demonstrate the transformational qualities inherent in sounds familiar and strange.
Australia Research Council Grants
ARC Linkage Project (2008–2011) Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (ID: LP0882346) (with L. Macarow; E. Grierson; G. Jelinek, T. Weiland, C. Winter and D. Brown).
ARC Linkage Project (2010–2013) Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (ID: 100200088) (with L. Williams; K. Sharp; L. Hjorth; S. Perry and D. Redfern).
Doctor of Philosophy (RMIT University) 2004
Masters Degree Media Arts (RMIT University) 1996
Certificate Japanese Language Proficiency Level 4 1995
Postgraduate Diploma Art & Design (Phillip Institute of Technology) 1990
BA Fine Art (Phillip Institute of Technology) 1988
RMIT Design and Social Context Frontier Research Award for innovation (2013)
Australia Council for the Arts Presentation and Promotion grant for Bogong ELECTRIC (2013)
Arts Victoria New Work grant for Bogong ELECTRIC (2013)
Australia Council for the Arts Independent Curators grant (2012)
RMIT Foundation International Research Exchange Fellowship (2011)
The Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence in Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care (2010)
Arts Victoria International Export grant for the presentation of Magnetic Traces: A survey of French and Australian Sound Art at Les Instants Chavires, Paris (2010)
City of Melbourne Project grant for the presentation of Magnetic Traces: A survey of French and Australian Sound Art at West Space, and Project Space, Melbourne (2010)
Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship (2009)
Australia Council for the Arts – Music Board Project Fellowship (2009)
Mention in Section 2 - Quadrivium - Category 4 of the 36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art / Bourges, France (2009)
Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence for Australia Research Council Linkage Grant for Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2007)
Asialink Arts Management Scholarship, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan (2006)
Innovative Student Led Project Commendation, Design and Social Context, RMIT (2005)
Australia Council for the Arts New Media Arts Board Studio residency CitÃ© Internationale des Arts, Paris (2000)
1st Prize, National Digital Art Award for Dodg’em(1999)
Asialink Performing Arts Scholarship, Showa University of Music & Arts Management, Japan (1999)
Artist in residence
Waringarri Art Centre - Kununurra, Western Australia (2012)
Warmun Art Center – Turkey Creek, Western Australia (2011)
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at the University of Art – Zurich , Switzerland (2011)
IASKA Spaced Residency, Dampier Peninsula – Western Kimberley, Western Australia (2010)
CitÃ© Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2007)
Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music, Aarhus, Denmark (2003)
Department of Room Acoustics, IRCAM, Paris, France (2000)
Centre for Electronic Music, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1998)
Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique, Bourges, France (1997)
Studio Electro-Instrumental Music - STEIM, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1997)
CICV Pierre Schaeffer Research Institute, Herimoncourt, France (1996)
- Samartzis, P. (2019). Polar Patterns In: Polar Convergence Melbourne, Australia
- Samartzis, P. (2018). Floe In: NGV Triennial Extra Melbourne, Australia
- Samartzis, P. (2018). Polar Force In: Polar Force Melbourne, Australia
- Philpott, C.,Samartzis, P. (2017). At the End of Night: explorations of Antarctica and Space in the sound art of Philip Samartzis In: Polar Journal, 7, 336 - 350
- Samartzis, P. (2017). A Surrender to Wind in 9 Parts In: A Surrender to Wind in 9 Parts Paris, France
- Samartzis, P. (2017). Super Field In: Super Field Melbourne, Australia
- Samartzis, P. (2016). Antarctica, An Absent Presence, Thames and Hudson, Melbourne, Australia
- Samartzis, P. (2015). The nature of sound and the sound of nature In: Antarctica: Music, Sounds and Cultural Connections, Australian National University Press, Canberra, Australia
- Samartzis, P.,Sleeth, M.,Fox, R.,Frykberg, S. (2015). A Drone Opera In: A Drone Opera Melbourne, Australia
- Samartzis, P.,Burrows, D.,Cornish, M.,Jungho, J.,Robinson, G.,Stanton, P.,Vorfeld, M.,Lercher, D. (2015). Current In: Current Albury, Australia
16 PhD Completions and 5 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions
- Spatial dialogues: public art and climate change. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grant 2010 Round 2 from (2010 to 2013)
- Designing sound for health and wellbeing. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2008 Round 1 from (2008 to 2011)