A free multimedia exhibit that shares the experience of hearing loss with the public is the result of a new partnership at RMIT.
Disconnection (9 April) explores the frustration and unease of a hearing impaired pedestrian struggling to make sense of auditory aspects encountered in today’s urban environment.
The project began with a period of scientific research in the “Sensory Lab” at RMIT’s Health Innovations Research Institute, where Dr Patricia Adams was a Visiting Research Fellow.
Adams has since developed multimedia artworks in collaboration with Vice- Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Dr Jonathan Duckworth, who is also the director of the CiART lab (Creative intervention, Art and Rehabilitative Technology) at RMIT.
Adams said the exhibition drew upon her experiences of diminished sensory input and isolation to create interactive artworks that demonstrated how hearing loss impacted on most areas of life.
“CiART has been instrumental in providing the research expertise and knowledge essential in communicating and translating the complexities of art/science concepts through contemporary media art,” Adams said.
This exhibition is the beginning of what is hoped to be a continuing collaboration between Adams, Duckworth and the HEARing Cooperative research centre in Carlton.
Duckworth said acquired hearing loss in young and older adults through long-term exposure to loud noise was a rising phenomenon.
“These works seek to challenge the viewers' understanding of hearing impairment and give those with normal hearing an experiential perspective of what deafness feels like,” he said.
Hosted by the HEARing CRC, the Disconnections exhibition will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, 9 April, at The University of Melbourne’s Audiology, Hearing and Speech Sciences Building, 550 Swanston St, Carlton.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Artsy.
The HEARing CRC is financially supported by the Cooperative Research Centres Programme – a Commonwealth Government Initiative.