Sonia Leber + David Chesworth

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth have collaborated since 1996, creating multi-channel sound and multimedia installations for a diverse range of arts and public spaces. A particular focus is the creation of ‘sonic event spaces’ in the public domain.

Public artworks include 5000 Calls, commissioned for Sydney Olympic Park (2000) and The Master's Voice, soundscape installation in Canberra, commissioned by ACT Public Art Program (2001).

Leber and Chesworth recently completed Proximities: local histories / global entanglements in collaboration with Simeon Nelson, a major built-in soundscape artwork to mark the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Exhibitions include 5000 Calls, soundscape installation along Millennium Riverwalk, Cardiff, organised by Chapter Arts Centre, and 5000 Calls, soundscape installation along Shoemaker’s Footbridge, Ljubljana, organised by Cankarjev Dom Arts Centre (2003).

They were invited to create The Gordon Assumption for Melbourne International Festival of the Arts (2004). A video installation, The Persuaders, was commissioned for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (2003).

Sonia Leber started focusing on the use of sound as a creative medium after more than a decade of working in film and video. Her films have been exhibited widely at film festivals and contemporary art spaces including Germany’s Oberhausen International Film Festival, Madrid Week of Experimental Cinema, the Aurora Australis tour of galleries in Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Australian Perspecta at Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1994, Leber curated the major sound art event Earwitness: Excursions in Sound for Melbourne’s Contemporary Music Events.

David Chesworth’s distinctive music compositions and sound installations have been performed and exhibited extensively around Australia as well as the Americas, Europe and Japan. Major festivals which have featured his work include Ars Electronica, Festival d’Automne de Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Biennale, SoundCulture, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Chesworth’s awards include a Churchill Fellowship and an honourable mention in Prix Ars Electronica.