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Sally Golding is a British-Australian artist creating live immersive audiovisual performances, sound art releases, participatory installations and critical writing. Her work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues examining the role of the audience within new technological contexts.

Golding is a recipient of the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies. In 2018/19 Golding is currently undertaking a period of Arts Council England funded creative research and development. Golding is part of SHAPE 2019 - a platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe.

Sally Golding’s (UK/AU) audiovisual performances engage with the politics of seeing and listening – edgy and intense in nature, they unravel in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Drawing heavily upon her background in experimental film and expanded cinema, and combining her interests in perceptive vision science and the physiology of sound, Golding’s live work blends discordant sonics and harsh lighting to investigate the social potential of opto-sonics.

Golding’s approach to sound includes innovative ‘darkroom compositions’ reminiscent of tape cut-ups that rework the potential of the optical sound system as a site for psychoacoustic radio play; own lathe cut audio recordings inscribed onto silver foil; and live interference and generative feedback systems using amplified lighting and light sensitive audio including repurposed camera flash units, LDR sensors and PA shattering laboratory strobe lights. Golding interjects mixing desk feedback and her own sampled voice cut through a layered impasto of sounds, fused with analogue and digital light combinations forced onto prepared screens.

Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image capture using generative software sequencing, inviting the viewer to interact with the artwork, the space and with others. Her installations bring into question states of emotion, empathy and intimacy, and reflect upon the multiplicity of contemporary portraiture in the digital age.

Golding is also the curator of discursive and sensorial events and festivals Unconscious Archives (LDN) and OtherFilm (AU). Unconscious Archives Festival 2017 featured over 40 artists and was described as “a platform for women defying genres and breaking boundaries, raising the bar of opportunity for female-identifying and transgender artists internationally” (Resident Advisor), and as “a titanic program for an extraordinary festival” (Makery).

Engaged in critical practice, Golding is interested in the confluences and fluidity of hybrid arts and is editor and author of Parsing Digital: Conversations in digital art by practitioners and curators (Austrian Cultural Forum London, 2018), and Expanded Cinema Unowned: Noise and liveness in the contemporary (San Francisco Cinematheque, 2016). Her practice also draws upon her professional work in archiving and digital imaging for renowned galleries, museums and libraries, invoking concepts relating to data, longevity and integrity.

Golding has developed collaborations with Joel Stern (AU) as the punk film/sound duo Abject Leader, and more recently with electronic music producer and creative technologist Spatial (UK) performing immersive light and sound environments as Spatial-Golding.

Since 2004 Golding has performed at key institutions and festivals throughout the UK, North and Central America, Europe and Australasia including Tate Britain (UK), Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo - CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm (SE), Australian Centre For the Moving Image (AU), International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque (USA) and Contemporary Art Centre (LT). Golding’s installations have been shown at Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania (AU) and South London Gallery (UK). Golding’s work has been featured in The Wire magazine (2016), and by publishers including Millennium Film Journal, Tate Modern and Palgrave Macmillan. Golding received an Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies.

South London Gallery, UK, Your Double My Double Our Ghost, 2016
Contemporary Art Tasmania, Australia, Exhaust, 2016
Institute of Modern Art, Australia, Out of Body Out of Mind, 2010
Independent Exhibitions, Australia, An Other Face: Spell for Living & Dying, 2009

2019 + upcoming:
Oram Awards (PRS for Music & BBC New Radiophonic Workshop), Kings Place, London, 15 June
Radiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 15 May
Analogue Ensemble, Ramsgate, UK
Cinema, Expanded, Hopkins Hall Gallery, OSU, Ohio, USA
Denison University, Ohio, USA
Tyneside Cinema Projections series, Newcastle, UK - Decompression w/ Spatial
Cafe OTO, London, part of Container 2-day residency
S8 Mostra de Cinema Periférico, Fundación Luis Seoane, Spain
Splice Festival, Richmix, London, duo w/ Spatial
Cafe OTO, London
East End Film Festival, London, duo w/ Spatial
Labor Berlin, Film in the Present Tense, Berlin
Back to the Future, Filmwerkplaats, WORM, Rotterdam
San Francisco Cinematheque, USA
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Museum as Performance’, Porto, Portugal, solo & w/ Spatial
Fort Process, Sussex, UK, solo & w/ Spatial
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CAM2), Madrid w/ Spatial
Cable Festival, Nantes, France
Cafe OTO, London, duo w/ Seymour Wright
Contact Festival, London, duo w/ Spatial
Whitstable Biennale, UK
Art Cinema OFFoff, 42nd Flanders International Film Festival Ghent, Belgium
Magnet Festival, Sweden
Melbourne International Film Festival Breaching Transmissions w/ Spatial
The Independent Film Show, Naples
Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania, e:THE:REAL ZONE:: Cinema In Cibernetik Space
Cube Microplex, Bristol
Cafe OTO, London
Audiograft, Oxford
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Sound of Stockholm, Sweden
Digital Culture Centre, Mexico City
Supernormal Festival, UK
Analogue Recurring, London
Black Box Live, Edinburgh International Film Festival
FlexFest, Florida, USA
Assembly: Five Years of British Film & Video Art, Tate Britain, London
Fylkingen Festival, Stockholm
Supernormal, UK
Aberystwyth Theatre, Wales
Analogue Recurring, Lo & Behold, London
Outer/Inner (Space), Central Saint Martins, London
New Low Gallery, Melbourne
OtherFilm Festival, Brisbane
AVANT Goes Live, Sweden
Oslo Cinemateket, Norway
BEAM: Brunel Electronic & Analogue Music Festival, UK
PLAY, Madrid
KRAAK, Belgium
Hackney Film Festival, London
Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris
Experimenta, India
Colour Out of Space, Brighton, UK
Cherry Kino, Leeds International Film Festival, UK
SONICA, Slovenia
Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London
Mal Au Pixel, Paris
Psycho Subtropics, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
The Glass Delusion, Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, UK
Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester
Cafe OTO, London, London
Open Frame, Brisbane Powerhouse
Audiopollen Festival, Old Museum, Brisbane
Music Stimulants, Brisbane Powerhouse
Psycho-Sub-Tropics, Tape Projects, Melbourne
The Stone, New York
Director’s Lounge, Scala, Berlin
Cafe OTO, London

Gasworks, London
Apparent Motion Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
‘Retinal Reflux’, New Zealand Film Archives
Exist in 08, Metro Arts, Brisbane
Oddball, San Francisco
Melbourne International Film Festival
Now Now Festival of Spontaneous Music, Sydney
Liquid Architecture, Sydney & Melbourne
FPS, Auckland Film Festival, New Zealand
Mono, Institute of Modern Art
Unsound, Wagga Wagga, Australia
MadCat International Film Festival, San Francisco
Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
Flux-us, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
Articulating Space, Melbourne
Transacoustic, Auckland
What is Music?, Brisbane Powerhouse
Electrofringe, Newcastle, Australia
Smallblackbox, Institute of Modern Art, Australia
Syncretism, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane

MESS: Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, 2019
Arts Council England, Developing Your Creative Practice, 2018
Oram Award, The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop & PRS Foundation, 2017
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts (UA2017), 2017
Sound and Music Embedded residency with South London Gallery, 2015-2016
Australia Council for the Arts, Experimental & Emerging Arts, 2015
ACME Studios – Australian & NZ Festival of Literature & Arts, London, 2014
BBC RADIO 3, Jazz on Film, 2013
Lord Mayor’s Fellowship, Brisbane City Council, 2010
Asialink Award, University of Melbourne, 2010
Aphids, Professional & Creative Development Grant, Australia, 2009
Queensland At Home, Queensland Music Festival, 2009
Arts Queensland, Professional Development Grant, 2008

LEVE 7 - LEVE, 2018
Folklore Of Plants Vol.1 - Folklore Tapes, 2017
Spatial-Golding: Capacities - Broken20, 2017
Silver lathe cut artist edition - LaborBerlin, 2017
HFF Vol.1 - Psyché Tropes, 2014
Synchresis DVD, Australian Network for Art & Technology, 2007

Prix Ars Electronica - Digital Communities, AT, 2018
Flatpack Film Festival - Waveform artist development programme, UK, 2018
Sound and Music - British Music Collection, UK, 2016-2018
ACME Studios - International Residencies Programme, UK, 2017
Arts Bridge Tasmania, AU/UK, 2014
Youth Arts Queensland, AU, 2009

Unconscious Archives, 2011-ongoing, audiovisual & sound art series, London: UA2017 Festival & Exhibition
OtherFilm, 2006-2012, festival & live audiovisual/screening events, Australia
Psycho Subtropics, 2009-2012, performance art & noise showcase, Australia
The Bleeping Light, 2014 – The Wire magazine, Off the Page festival, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK