AUTOMATON by Sophia D’Urso + Travis Don

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AUTOMATON by Sophia D’Urso + Travis Don

March 29 @ 6:00 PM - April 26 @ 5:30 PM

Opening night Friday 29th March 2019
Exhibition runs until April 26th 2019


1 : a mechanism that is relatively self-operating

2 : a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions

3 : an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion

AUTOMATON is an experimental exploration of video and sound installation in space. Each vinyl banner strung in the space presents an automated film which has be reconstructed in a number of sequences showing the artist performing to the viewer. The films have no set sequence and lack narrative, however distinctly transform the existing space through their overly stimulating motion visuals and sound. The performer moves to automated sounds, far removed from its original soundscape in a mechanical and at times humorous manner. As the installation lacks structural narrative, the infinite performance becomes a control mechanism designed to follow a predetermined sequence of operations.

During the process of AUTOMATON, Sophia D’Urso collaborated with Travis Don to explore the process of Sound Design and Film. Together they experimented with a wide range of recording techniques, audio engineer processes and technical mishaps. Through the process of interdisciplinary collaboration they were able to produce a synthetic soundscape for the project.

Sophia D’Urso is a multi disciplinary artist who primarily works within installation, sound and film. She is interested in the structure of space, often working within site responsive environments and performance. She is currently undertaking the Artist in Residence Program at Courthouse Youth Arts and will be partaking in Geelong After Dark on May 3.

Travis Don is a tech-head and musician who completed his certificate of Advance Diploma in Sound Production in 2016. He has worked in venues such as the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, and is the current Production Technician at Courthouse Youth Arts. He is currently involved as head beat maker in two bands in Geelong and Ballarat and has been enjoying collecting an array of gear for his studio.

[CHYA is an inclusive and diverse space and welcomes everyone to come along to this free event. Light nibbles and refreshments will be provided on opening night.]


March 29 @ 6:00 PM
April 26 @ 5:30 PM
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Courthouse Youth Arts
60 Little Malop Street
Geelong, VIC 3220 Australia
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03 5224 2815


Courthouse Youth Arts
03 5224 2815